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Shadow Band Loves The Wilderness

Shadow Band‘s first full length combines folk, psych, indie pop, and that certain sixties flair that makes their tones warm and their melodies full of hooks. Wilderness of Love is equal parts Comus, The Beatles, The Animals, and Temples–its melding of styles creates a listen that is as cohesive as it is surprising. Shadow Band […]

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Fullbloods, Beat Bums, Youth Pool @ The Brick

This Saturday, Fullbloods, Youth Pool, and Beat Bums will play The Brick. Each band strikes a different chord aesthetically, and together they represent a good smattering of indie rock. Fullbloods’ surfy pop is catchy and laid back; Youth Pool envelopes their listeners in waves of sound; Beat Bums collide sounds to create something totally unclassifiable. […]

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Fullbloods, HMPH!, Campdogzz @ Tank Room

This Thursday, Tank Room will host some damn fine indie pop. The show will not only feature the not too funky (but still pretty funky) surf vibes of Fullbloods and the disjunctive mathrock of HMPH! but also ever-building indie pop of the Chicago based band Campdogzz. Each of these bands lands somewhere different along 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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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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Record Store Day 2016

To us, Record Store Day is all about celebrating the Community that’s supported this little local shop, so this year we’re throwing our biggest party yet. We’ll have in-store specials, ticket giveaways, promo prices, exclusive Record Store Day releases, coffee from Oddly Correct, and donuts from Hana’s Donuts, and much more. We’ll also have 20+ bands playing in our […]

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Davie Allan & Joel Grind Split The Surf

There’s something magical that happens with surfy rolls intersect with fuzzed over heaviness. We heard it done when The Wytches released Annabell Dream Reader, and now we’re hearing it when Davie Allan (of Davie Allan & The Arrows) and Joel Grind (of Toxic Holocaust) teamed up to record a split EP. The 10″ packs a punch–veering […]

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Record Store Day Cometh

I know it’s over a month until Record Store Day descends from on high and graces us with all the exclusive ear candy we can handle. But since the list has been officially posted, I can’t help but write about. Whether you’re wanting a classic reissue, a contemporary rarity, or a first ever on vinyl […]

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Best Coast, Wavves, and Cherry Glazerr Bring Summer

Looking at the forecast, it doesn’t seem like summer will be visiting Kansas City for another couple months. But summer is more than warm weather and school-less days. Summer is a feeling, a state of mind. And there are three bands who personify this concept: Best Coast, Wavves, and Cherry Glazerr. These three bands combine […]

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The Shivas Aren’t Better Off Dead

What is it about Spring that makes lazy surf-pop so appealing? Maybe it’s the way the jangling guitars sound so much like sunlight. Or maybe it’s how the frustrations winter bring seem to melt in the reverb drenched vocals. Whatever it may be, The Shivas‘ latest, Better Off Dead, takes the best elements of surf-pop and […]

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Fullbloods’ New Release and Shows

Fullbloods are no strangers to creating taut surf-pop. The Kansas City quartet is a super-group of sorts–featuring members of The ACBs, Everyday/Everynight, Oriole Post, and other groups–and so know a thing or two about putting together music. And this knowledge comes through on their latest High Dive release, Mild West. Mild West mixes the surfy vibes […]

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Momma’s Boy and Scruffy & The Janitors @ Replay

Some of my favorite shows ram together aesthetics. The harmonies and dissonances between bands on eclectic shows do well to spark connection. In a sense, the disparity between genres helps to define and blur their lines simultaneously–a necessary thing for any art to do. This Thursday at Replay Lounge, one of those shows is taking […]