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Middle of the Map 2017 – Thursday Review

The 2017 edition of Kansas City’s greatest weekend of the year – AKA the Middle of the Map Fest – was maybe one of the best in its history. A smattering of local and national bands descended on Kansas City for 3 days of music and a plethora of fans, hardcore and casual alike, were […]

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The Record Machine Showcase @ Crossroads Music Fest

2016 has been a great year for Kansas City music. With phenomenal releases from Haymaker, High Dive, The Company, and Record Machine, there has been no shortage of great wax from artists residing in the Mid-best city. And the aesthetics represented in these releases run the gamut from the 60s influenced psych pop of The […]

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Four Local Songs for The Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is here. Whether you celebrate today by watching Independence Day, grilling, blowing up everything in sight, or some combination of all those three, there’s always the question of what to listen to. Have no fear! I have four songs to bump between rocket reports that not only will make the party […]

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The Philistines Album Release @ Replay Lounge

In case you missed it, The Philistines put out their debut on The Record Machine about a month ago. The TL;DR of it is The Backbone of The Night rocks. Layering classic tube-warmed psych-tones with slick indie pop hooks, the album unfurls equally as a meandering jam and a collection of tunes that stay stuck in […]

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New Releases 6/10 @ Mills Record Company

AIR — Twenty Years (2xLP with gatefold) Allen Toussaint — American Tunes (2xLP 140 gm audiophile vinyl ft. 3 vinyl only bonus tracks) Allen Toussaint — The Bright Mississippi (2xLP gatefold) Band of Horses — Why Are You Ok? Band of Skulls — By Default Bas — Too High To Riot Boys Noize — Mayday […]

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Review: Middle of the Map Fest 2016 – Thursday Recap

Middle of the Map is back again for 2016 and the lineup is better than ever. Featuring a huge roster of top-quality local bands and multiple fantastic national (and international) acts make this year’s edition maybe the best one yet? Here’s some of what happened on Thursday, day number two of the festival: Psychic Heat […]

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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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Top Ten Local Releases of 2015 [Brian Clifton's Picks]

It’s that time of the year: the winter holidays are beginning to commence, the weather is consistently cold, nostalgia for 2015 is slowly creeping over Facebook. That also means that it’s time for our Top Ten lists. To kick of the top ten season, I’m going to list my top picks for songs by local […]

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The Philistines and American Slim @ The Bay

Sure, Warrensburg is a slow hour drive from Kansas City. But The Philistines and American Slim are worth it. And for all the Warrensburgian audiophiles out there, you won’t find a better concert than Friday’s at The Bay. Both bands land somewhere on the groove-heavy rock section: The Philistines lace their dark riffs with hints […]

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Stardeath & White Dwarfs, The Philistines, Be/Non @ Riot Room

Tonight, The Riot Room will fill with the absolute weirdness of Stardeath & White Dwarfs. The Oklahoma City freak-rockers will be supported by Kansas City’s own Be/Non and The Philistines, making for a concert that will, for lack of a better term, rock. All three bands have a distorted feel that kicks in hard, and […]

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Five In A Row: Middle Of The Map Fest Review 04/25/15

For the fifth year in a row, Kansas City has proven itself to be a new hotbed of live music with the Middle of the Map Festival. Growing from a couple nights of shows at a few venues to a 4-day festival encompassing all of Westport, inside and out, with hundreds of bands, Middle of […]

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Two Singles From The Philistines

The Philistines hold nothing back in their two latest singles. The songs’ shrill, sixties psyche-tinged rock splits the difference between face-melting energy and danceable grooves. The band’s tube-warmed glow thickens their overall sound without turning into merely textural atmosphere. “Twitch of the Death Nerve” begins with swathes of nebulous sounds that give way to distorted […]