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New Years Eve Rocking Holy Cow Market

It’s that time of year–best of lists, holiday gifts exchanged, snow. Now, it’s time to usher out the burning tire heap that has been 2016 for 2017 with its fearsome political climate. But there is a reprieve from jumping from frying pan to fire: New Years Eve. This magical night is neither fully last year […]

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Gift Ideas Round 2: Soul, Psych, and Metal

A couple days ago, I posted a few gift ideas for the vinylphiles in your life. But there are more genres than jazz, indie pop, and hip hop. What about those looking for deep soul? For mind bending psych? For the heaviest riffs? Look no further! What is below are some great examples of music […]

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Top Ten Songs by Local Musicians

It’s that time of year. The Plaza has outlined their buildings with lights, the weather is (finally) changing, people are overeating and over-shopping. 2016 is almost over. And with the closing of the year comes top ten list. To end Local Week, I want to count down my top ten songs from local musicians. There […]

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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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Psychic Heat, Bummer, Drugs & Attics, The Bad Ideas @ The Blind Tiger

Do you have plans tomorrow night? Change them. The Blind Tiger is hosting one of the best line ups of local bands I’ve ever seen. Fresh off recording and pressing a sick 7″ on Replay Records, Psychic Heat will celebrate the release with BUMMER, Drugs & Attics, and The Bad Ideas for a night of […]

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A Look in The Local Bin: Jorge Arana Trio

What would Kansas City be without Jorge Arana Trio? Far less weird. The trio jams the best parts of jazz, math rock, noise, latin, metal, and any other genre you can think of together to make music that is truly beyond classification. Their latest release, Mammoth, has been pressed and is waiting to hit the shelves […]

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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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Swans’ Final Album Glows

Swans is calling it quits. The band has put out 14 records, and their latest, The Glowing Man, will be their last with the band’s current line-up. And Swans couldn’t ask for a better send off. The Glowing Man, while staying well within the band’s established sound–droning songs, many lasting over 10 minutes–incorporates more world music threads […]

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The Body, Tongues, and Faultfinder Live!

Kansas City will not slow down when it comes to live music. Coming off the smorgasbord of indie that was Middle of The Map, the city is shifting things to a heavier place. The next few days will be full of concerts that showcase Kansas City’s doom/noise/metal scene. Whether it’s 34 and friends on the […]

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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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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 […]