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ShuttleROCK! Battle of The Bands

Part of what makes blogging about Kansas City’s music scene is finding up and coming bands that completely blow my mind. Mostly these bands are new combinations of those people already playing the scene. Sometimes they’re new to the stage but have been a part of KC music for years. Rarely, are these new bands […]

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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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The Final Night of Middle of the Map

Middle of the Map has come and gone. This year the line up was packed with some of the best musicians and artists. From Charles Bradley to Zhu, from Psychic Heat to Ebony Tusks, Middle of the Map 2016 proved that Kansas City’s on the come up. And night four was no different. Whether you […]

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The First Two Nights of Middle of The Map

So Middle of The Map has begun. Mills Record Company started the music portion of the multifaceted fest with Be/Non, Jorge Arana Trio, and Monta at Odds on Wednesday and kept the party going with Psychic Heat, The Conquerors, and Shy Boys last night.      But Middle of The Map spilled all through the […]

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More Local at Middle of The Map

Middle of The Map is gathering steam. Starting with the ideas of Fred Armisen, the yearly fest is off to a great start. And tomorrow, Middle of The Map’s music portion begins. I’ve written about national acts to check out–Gallant, Vince Staples–, and I’ve written about some local bands to catch (here and here). That […]

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Three Localish Acts to Catch at Middle of the Map

There are few times that are as exciting musically in Kansas City than late spring. Record Store Day just happened, and we are in the throes of Middle of The Map 2016. The festival is one of the best in the country, hands down. Middle of The Map brings together film, music, and ideas in […]

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Middle of the Map Fest 2014 Lineup Announced

The annual Middle of the Map fest, sponsored by Ink Magazine, is a weekend-long musical trek through Westport, and a cinematic journey at the Alamo Drafthouse with thought-provoking conversation as part of the forum. Earlier today, no less than an hour ago, the line up for the music portion of the festival was announced in […]