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Benefitting All: Ebony Tusks live in Lawrence, KS 12/01/16

If you’re in or around the Kansas City area and you have even a passing interest in the local music and/or art scene, odds are you probably already know about Ebony Tusks. But for the uninitiated, the trio is simple to describe – simply the most captivating hip-hop act in the Midwest. The benefit for […]


Meyhem Lauren, Melo Miles, Ebony Tusks @ recordBar

recordBar is officially back. From their soft opening during Middle of the Map, the Kansas City staple has been steadying increasing their hours and show frequency. Having moved from old Westport to downtown (1520 Grand Blvd), recordBar is hosting an incredible night of hip hop. This Wednesday, New Yorker Meyhem Lauren will perform, supported by […]

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Top Acts from Middle of The Map: Brian’s Choices

This weekend was one of the best weekends for music lovers. Middle of The Map absolutely crushed it. Every night of the four day festival was full of some of the best music locally and nationally. With so much talent, it was tempting to skate around the city, trying to get a bite of everything, […]

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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 […]


I Heart Local Music Presents SXSW Bound

It’s that time of year again. SXSW is just around the corner, so all the bands we love around town are trying to get their finances in order so they can make a trip to the concert festival and show off the breadth and depth of the Kansas City music scene. It’s not easy–musicians have […]


Ebony Tusks and Netherfriends @ Replay

Ebony Tusks is a force when the trio takes the stage. The way the three dudes spin out their grimy, industrial beats and heavy-hitting lyrics makes their shows visceral and raw. Likewise, Netherfriends can command a stage like no other. The Chicago based musician combines the neo-hippie vibe of Mac Demarco while delving into something […]


Ebony Tusks, Heartfelt Anarchy, and DEV3N Free Show

This Sunday, Ebony Tusks, Heartfelt Anarchy and DEV3N will put on a free show at recordBar. Considering all these acts make music as heavy and honest as the most polished acts today, the ability to see them on all on the same bill is something like a dream. That the show is free only sweetens […]

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Live Tonight: Week of September 28th – October 4th: Let The Spookiness Begin

Welcome to October – and welcome to spookiness! If you haven’t already surgically attached a jack-o-lantern to your skull and have already started buying Halloween candy yet, you’ll be pleased to know that this is prime live music season. All different kinds of genres are represented this week in venues indoor and out. So be […]

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Five In A Row: Middle Of The Map Fest Review 04/25/15

For the fifth year in a row, Kansas City has proven itself to be a new hotbed of live music with the Middle of the Map Festival. Growing from a couple nights of shows at a few venues to a 4-day festival encompassing all of Westport, inside and out, with hundreds of bands, Middle of […]

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Get Work: Clipping live in Lawrence, KS 09/11/14

The experimental/noise hip-hop group Clipping brought their act to the Replay Lounge in Lawrence Thursday night, touring on the strength of their new album CLPPNG, which was released on Sub Pop Records. The vocalist, Daveed Diggs, is an extremely talented wordsmith, effortlessly stringing together some of the most impressive rhymes in recent hip-hop memory, but […]