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Vince Staples, A Prima Donna

Vince Staples has quickly become one of my favorite rappers. The young virtuoso is not only capable of writing songs that are insanely intense on a visceral level but also ones that are staggeringly intelligent. The way Staples balances the personal and the public is second to none. On his debut double LP, Summertime ’06, Vince […]

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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 […]

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Aaron Alexander Redoes rAdiAnt

I came across Aaron Alexander at the first Shuttlecock Showcase. The young MC and his producer, BWILL, took the stage and without pretense unspooled some of the most developed Kansas City hip hop I’ve heard in a minute. With all the worldliness of groups like De La Soul and The Roots and all the visceral […]

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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 […]

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Three EPs: Grimes and D’eon, Braids, Adult Jazz

So many really great EPs and 12″ singles were released on Friday. From the Star Wars sountrack to Monster Squad’s limited edition 7″, the short form music world is all a-buzz this week. Three EPs that caught my ear were Adult Jazz‘s Earrings Off!, Braids‘ Companion, and Darkbloom by Grimes and D’eon. Both EPs split the difference between experimental pitchiness and pop’s friendly hooks. […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: 34

I first came across 34 on the Amplify KC compilation put out by Westend Recording Studios. The band’s track, “Brimstone Cowboy,” was definitely one of the heaviest on the compilation. Dissonance, break-downs, and cymbal-driven percussion gave “Brimstone Cowboy” an undeniable relentlessness that was surpassed only in its ability to craft catchy riff after catchy riff. […]

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4/29/2016 New Releases at Mills Record Company

Aesop Rock — The Impossible Kid (includes green & pink neon vinyl, custom printed sleeve, die cut jacket, 24-panel fold out poster, full album lyrics) A.J. Cornell & Tim Darcy — Self-titled (cassette) All India Radio — The Slow Light Andrea Day — Cheers to the Fall (2xLP) The Barr Brothers — Alta Falls (colored […]

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Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds With The Pedaljets at Mills Record Company

Mills Record Company is wasting no time getting bands back in the store. Just a week after the 20 band line-up for Record Store Day, Chris Meck & The Guilty Birds and The Pedaljets will perform in store (rumor is there will be homemade chili for all those in attendance). While both bands occupy their […]

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Who to See: The First Day of Middle of The Map

As I wrote yesterday, Middle of the Map is quickly approaching. And while its headliners include some of the best performers around, I think the most fun thing about the fest is catching local bands showing off what Kansas City music is. Ink Magazine and The Record Machine make sure each day is packed with […]

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Sharp Weapons, Uberflicker, American Devils, The Uglys @ miniBar

Who says rock is dead? Sharp Weapons, Uberflicker, American Devils, and The Uglys will prove that it is alive and kicking in faces tomorrow night at miniBar. While the bands stretch the continuum of rock–from screaming classic rock riffs fueled by tube amps and lots of whiskey or distortion chewed Southern rockage (ala Every Time […]

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Record Store Day Exclusives Part III

As I’ve said before (here and here), there are hundreds of Record Store Day exclusives. And Mills Record Company has ordered them all. Whether you’re a fan of noise or hip hop, metal or pop, Hello Kitty or KMDFM, there will be an exclusive release waiting for you on April 16th. Rather than link the […]

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Thunderclaps Cook Up a Good Time

Admittedly, when I first came across Thunderclaps‘ online material, I shuddered. I could tell that under lo-fi noise there was something glittering, but that glittering always seemed to be a bit out of reach. Listening to them, for me, was like listening to early Leadbelly recordings–the grit almost out-shined the gold. And then I saw […]