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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 […]


Wrong Kata Trio, Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle, The Coyote @ Californo’s

This weekend is Mills Record Company’s first moving party. But it’s not the only party happening in Westport. On Friday (right after the moving celebration shuts down), Wrong Kata Trio, The Coyote, and Eddie Moore and The Outer Circle will fill Californos patio with jazz that reaches every end of the genre’s far-reaching spectrum. Whether […]

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Record Store Day Cometh Part II

Last week, I started a series that will highlight the bands who will be playing in Mills Record Company’s new space on Record Store Day (4/16). The musicians in that post were on the lighter end of the sonic spectrum. But heavy fans need not worry–there will be enough distortion-fueled guitar riffs and pummeling drum […]


Hearts of Darkness, Heartfelt Anarchy, and Gee Watts @ recordBar

This Saturday is Felabration 2015. Celebrating the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the concert will feature some rocking afro-beat, hip hop, rap, funk, and soul acts in the area. The Hearts of Darkness, Heartfelt Anarchy, and Gee Watts will come together to fill the recordBar with sound. Moving from horn and rhythm centric grooves […]


The Record Machine Keeps Dreaming

The Record Machine is a force. The Kansas City label has boasted some of the biggest bands to come from the area. Not only that, the label has always been committed to keeping their music styles diverse–from hip hop fusion, to alt-country, to pop rock, to electronica, and everything in between. In any estimation, The […]


Show Preview: Hearts of Darkness and The Image Afro-Beat Band

This Saturday at The Recordbar, Felabration 2015 will commence. Featuring the Cincinnati based band Baoku Moses & The Image Afro-beat Band and Kansas City’s own Hearts of Darkness, Felabration 2015 will bubble with the very best grooves and beat heavy music. Both of these bands bring out their afro-beats with a mixture of jazz, reggae, […]

GOAT Communes With The Gods of Psych-Pop

GOAT‘s music entraces. It fills the room with its malleable soundwaves. Listening to one of their records invokes a ritualistic almost-hypersensitivity to how everything blends into each other. It’s as if GOAT records more than music. It’s as if they record the vibrations that worm into the very core of existence. Their latest, Commune, finds […]