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New Releases 1/6 @ Mills Record Company

Bonzo Madrid — Worry (purple cassette, contains bonus tracks, LOCAL) The Country Rockers — Free Range Chicken (remastered w/ 2 previously unreleased tracks) Destroyer 666 — Defiance (first pressing on black vinyl limited to 400, includes poster) Destroyer 666 — Wildfire (limited edition of 200 silver vinyl) Dropkick Murpheys — 11 Short Stories of Pain […]

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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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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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A Look in The Local Bin: Your Friend & Organized Crimes

There’s something to be said about the depth, the space that reverb drenched vocals add to music. Sometimes, increasing the room a song takes up is the absolute wrong choice–it only magnifies every mistake within the track. But sometimes it makes the song come alive, turns it into an entity that’s larger than life. Your […]

1/29/2016 New Releases at Mills Record Company

A Day To Remember — Common Courtesy (limited edition, shark bite gate fold, translucent blue vinyl with red splatter) Alessia Cara — Know-It-All (special pink vinyl) Atrak — We All Fall Down 7″ (limited edition of 500, clear vinyl) Babyface — Return of the Tender Lover Basement — Promise Everything Benji Hughes — Songs in […]

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The Record Machine Presents: Westerners, Your Friend, Sound of Ceres

This Sunday, The Record Machine will present a dynamite show at The Replay Lounge. The show will feature local legends Your Friend and Westerners as well as the Fort Collins duo Sound of Ceres. I don’t think I could dream of a better line-up for a show than this. Each band brings a unique spin to […]

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Crossroads Summer Block Party

The grills are smoking; the sun is shining (theoretically at least); school has ended until fall. But there’s one last thing that needs to happen before it’s officially summer: The Crossroads Summer Block Party. Featuring some long time favorites of mine, some new favorites, and some bands I’m super excited to see for the first […]

Local Spotlight: Quadrigarum

Take one part Sigur Ros at their heaviest, one part SQURL, and one part modified spinning wheel loom, mix together well, and the result is Kansas City based Quadrigarum. The guys in this group include some of the best contributors to Kansas City’s psych scene, but that’s not necessarily what makes Quadrigarum an experience to check […]

The Pitch Music Awards Preview: Singer-Songwriter

The singer-songwriter category of The Pitch Music Awards brims with the offshoots of well established Kansas City bands as well as independent musicians focusing on their own sound. If there is a unifying trend among these musicians, it’s that they all create dense and unique sounds. Akkilles hazes his acoustic guitar based dreampop with ambient textures […]