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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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Sound Machine: Various Blonde, Valley Hush, GGOOLLDD, Jaenki

This week/year might have been a bust but not this weekend. There are a ton of great shows happening this weekend. Of all the shows that are planned, Sound Machine at recordBar is the one I’m looking forward to the most. Featuring indie pop from Various Blonde, Valley Hush, GGOOLLDD, and Jaenki, the night will be […]

Various Blonde Record Release Show w/ Brother @ MRC

The Record Machine presents the release of Various Blonde’s new record, “All Basses Covered”.  Shows starts at 7 w/ local boys Brother. Always free, always all ages. More details here.

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A Look in The Local Bin: Various Blonde

Whether you caught 96.5 The Buzz streaming Various Blonde‘s latest effort, All Bases Covered, or saw the band play songs from the album live, you can tell there’s something otherworldly happening in its grooves. All Bases Covered eschews traditional instrumentation that has dominated the recent onslaught of great local releases for maximalist, electronic-tinged soundscapes and effect thickened […]

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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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Spring Dance 2016 at Prohibition Hall

This Saturday, KKFI will throw their annual Spring Dance benefit show/party. The event will feature Duncan Burnett and The Riot, Various Blonde, Dj Leo Night Us, and Grand Marquis for a night that is as fun as it is eclectic. Whether you want to swing dance, break dance, bob, or rock, The Spring Dance at […]

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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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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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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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A Recording Contest For Record Store Day

For Record Store Day (April 16th), Mills Record Company will be giving away two sets of 8 free hours with engineer at both Westend Recording Studios and Element Recording Studios–both locally owned and located here in Kansas City. Customers and fans will be able to vote the day of Record Store Day. Voting will commence […]

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Record Store Day Cometh Part III

Earlier this week, I previewed some of the heavier bands that will be playing Record Store Day. Continuing this series, I’d like to focus on the poppier bands that will take the stage, the bands who write vocal hook after vocal hook without seemingly breaking a sweat, the bands whose music is at home blaring […]