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Three Shows at Mills Record Company

Mills Record Company is kicking off April right. April is known as both the home of Record Store Day and National Poetry Month. This month, Mills Record Company is also going to make it the month of the most amazing shows. During the first full weekend, the store will host: Heidi Gluck and The Pony Show, […]


Get on Elektrac!

It’s been a great for jazz releases lately. Thundercat’s monsterous epic, Drunk, hit the shelves, Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7′s Soul Jazz Fridays is holding down the local jazz game, and The Bad Plus is making pop jazzy again. But the jazz/funk/electronic hybrid record that caught my ear and would not let go is Shobaleader One‘s Elektrac. Finding […]


Dark0′s Aural Oceana

Oceana might be the perfect name for the latest EP by the electronic artist Dark0. The four song EP absolutely vibrates with lush electronica for a sound that is as comfortable being the soundtrack for floating through a quiet night or tearing up a dance floor. From start to finish, Oceana joins the electronic pantheon of acts […]


Studio Seshen

There’s much to complain about in 2016–elections, institutionalized bias, the climate, etc. But the current 80s revival is not one of them. Seemingly brought to a fever pitch by Survive and the Stranger Things soundtrack (though even It Follows had a wonderfully 80s themed score), the sound has reached its peak abstraction in The Seshen‘s latest […]


The Foreign Resort, NITE, Redder Moon, Sinple @ recordBAR

The recordBar is back and in full swing. After taking a brief hiatus to change locations, the legendary venue has reopened, giving Kansas City some fantastic concerts. One of those concerts is happening this Thursday. Featuring The Foreign Resort, NITE, Redder Moon, and Sinple, the concert will be a night full of lush electronic music. Whether […]


A Look in The Local Bin: Various Blonde

Whether you caught 96.5 The Buzz streaming Various Blonde‘s latest effort, All Bases Covered, or saw the band play songs from the album live, you can tell there’s something otherworldly happening in its grooves. All Bases Covered eschews traditional instrumentation that has dominated the recent onslaught of great local releases for maximalist, electronic-tinged soundscapes and effect thickened […]


Plutto Bars, Your New Favorite KC Rapper

Very seldom do I find new artists in a vacuum. Usually, people recommend music to check out or I catch a new band at a show. So I was very pleased when I found a burned CD left at a coffee shop in Westport with the name Plutto Bars on it. I had never heard […]


Tobacco Returns to Sweatbox Dynasty

In his previous release, Ultima II Massage, Tobacco, of Black Moth Super Rainbow, shifted his aesthetic from the ethereal synth washes that defined his first project to the angular grinding that comprised his hip hop outfit, Demon Queen. The result was an album that unfurled like a grimy mixtape found on the bottom of a used […]

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Middle of The Map: Friday at The Midland

  Last night at The Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland was spectacular. BLKFLANL kicked things off by setting the bar almost impossibly high. Between Barrel Makers’ taut lyrics and Conductor Williams’ beats (which he made exclusively from records he picked up at Mills Record Company), BLKFLANL proved this show had no warm-up, that it […]


Gallant’s Ology is Something to Ogle

Part of the perks of writing reviews is the recommendations people give you. A few weeks ago, Barrel Maker, of BLKFLANL, recommended I check out Gallant. And since then, I can’t get his music out of my head. Gallant, who will be performing at Middle of the Map, has all the shimmering falsetto beauty of […]


Prince Rama Gets Xtreme

Prince Rama is undoubtedly one of the weirdest duo’s I’ve ever encountered. I first saw them when they opened for Dan Deacon. With a touring member, the band gave an electrifying performance. Whether their energy came from a standing drummer or from the seamless way music-making transitioned into stage show and back again, Prince Rama […]


Santigold’s 99 Cents Is Worth Every Penny

Late 2015 through early 2016 has been a fantastic time for fans of art pop. Whether your bag is FKA Twigs’ vogue-inspired M3LL155X EP, Grimes’ personae-jumping power pop album, Art Angels, or Radiation City’s genre-bending Synesthetica, there has been no shortage of great releases. Santigold adds to these with her latest album, 99¢. Splitting her time between carefully […]