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Grails and Chalices

Grails is not so much a band as a force. The Portland based outfit has branded themselves not with a sound or formula but with an intensity that stretches the continuum of their expansive releases. Whether the five-piece is skating down Middle Eastern melisma or churning out some doomy metal riffs, Grails focuses their whole […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell

Originally recorded in the mid to late 70s, Anal Magic & Rev. Dwight Frizzell‘s Beyond The Black Crack still stands as a testament to the staying power of experimental music and soundscapes. Swerving between minimal clicks and whirling drones, Beyond The Black Crack is required listening for anyone wanting to enter the dizzying world of free jazz and […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Tongues

Tongues is messy. Tongues is dark and grimy. Tongues is perfect for fans of noise-laced experimentalism. The band’s debut release on Moniker Records is not only full of grinding sonic textures but also catchy hooks. Tongues brings together these two aesthetics to create a sound that is the aural equivalent of doing something witchy in […]

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Under The Radar: LateNightTales

Rarely is there a record label that is as interesting as LateNightTales. The label put out one of my favorite records this year–Khruangbin‘s The Universe Smiles Upon You–, another record that is quickly becoming my most played–Sasha‘s Scene Delete–, and most recently David Holmes‘ self-titled compilation. All these releases land somewhere in the instrumental electronica area […]

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CHEW, Small Joys Gang, HMPH! @ Californos

If you missed CHEW this summer at Mills Record Company, you have another opportunity to catch them play. This Friday at Californos, the Atlanta based band will take the stage with fellow experimentalists Small Joys Gang and HMPH!. Each band uses instrumental songs to create ever-shifting tapestries of sound. Moving from grungy post-rock to noisy […]

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Brain Tentacles

Brain Tentacles. I have no way of starting this other than saying Brain Tentacles. The trio’s name (and album title) sets the bar high for my expectations–the weird and visceral imagery, the surrealism. And the band, time and time again, not only hits that expectation but surpasses it. Much like the image of Brain Tentacles […]

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Lucifer Rising on The Used Side

Seldom does an album and its backstory hit the same level of intrigue. Not so with Lucifer Rising: The Music of Bobby Beausoleil. With tangential relationships with Aleister Crowley, Jimmy Page, Charles Manson, recorded in prison by inmates (while the composer served a sentence for killing a rival drug dealer), the album has a tangled back […]

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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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The Phantastics and LIONMAKER @ Stockyard Brewery

Kansas City and its surrounding cities have a diverse and incredibly talented hip hop scene. And this Thursday, Stockyard Brewery will demonstrate as much. The show will feature LIONMAKER (LION and Barrel Maker) and The Phantastics for a concert that runs the gamut between experimental electronic beats and jazz influenced backing bands, between taut and […]

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Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Wakes Up

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. is weird. They make fellow Japanese rockers Peelander Z look like a pair of khakis. Led by the madman guitar genius, Kawabata Makoto, the band blends noise, space rock, psychedelia, and jazz together to create a sound that is truly wild. The band’s latest release is a nonstop […]

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Manor Fest 2 Sneak Peek

Summer is the official festival season. From Middle of The Map to Center of the City, from The Westport Roots festival to Porch Fest, Kansas City has more multiple day concert series than we collectively know what to do with. And in the coming weeks, we’ll have another. Manor Fest began last year and after […]

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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. […]