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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Olassa schedules CD release for January 26 at the Replay, with the KC Bear Fighters/Calamity Cubes/Alex Law (Deadman Flats)

Olassa is preparing to release its next CD at the Replay.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 26, 2012 at 6:31 AM

  • Olassa
When we last caught up with Olassa, we were still waiting to hear about a proper release show for I Love You, Come Back to Me.

The time has come at last! Well, soon enough anyway, with the show scheduled for January 26 at the Replay in Lawrence. The night's lineup will also feature the talents of the KC Bear Fighters, Calamity Cubes and Alex Law of Deadman Flats.

Check out a live performance of "Vega" here.

  • Olassa is preparing to release its next CD at the Replay.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Bloodbirds, with Drakkar Sauna, tonight on the Replay patio

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 9:32 AM

  • Bloodbirds
Spacek did a post about their EP back in December, but I mostly slept on Bloodbirds until a few weeks ago. For shame! The band - a three-piece that includes Mike and Brooke Tuley from Ad Astra Arkestra, plus Anna St. Louis on bass - has released two free EPs since forming late last summer (get those here). Both are glorious, furious collisions of dark garage-rock, post-punk, and noisy guitar jams that I am just going to call "Mike Tuley Punk."

"Our songs come out of extensive jamming and a firm belief that we'll get it right eventually," Tuley says, adding that they're heading back to the studio to record in June. See 'em tonight (Friday) on the Replay patio. It's an early matinee show (6-9 p.m.) with Drakkar Sauna.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Sing Sing Records reissues the Leopards' lost classic, Kansas City Slickers

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 9:01 AM


Our buddy Greg over at Riot on the Plaza clued us in on this rerelease of the Leopards' 1977 album, Kansas City Slickers, back in June. However, the record just now came out, and man — it's nice.

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Monday, June 20, 2011

Audiovox is no longer. Meet White Girl.

Posted By on Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Martin Bush of White Girl
  • Martin Bush of White Girl

Audiovox is dead. Long live White Girl. The Martin Bush-fronted project recently changed pretty much everything about itself. The first thing you'll notice is that drummer Brad Chancellor has left the act, and it's now a three-piece, with Marc Pepperman (Republic Tigers) and Nick Organ (Beautiful Bodies). The sound is different now, as well. Bush describes White Girl as "Audiovox minus the rock," adding that it's "all dance party now."

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Check out pictures of Ssion's sold-out shows in NYC from Paper Magazine

Posted By on Tue, May 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM


Cody Critcheloe injected New York City with a bit of Kansas City gay this weekend. Here's what Paper Magazine's Gary Pini said about the local art collective's performances:

SSION ruled NYC over the weekend with three sold-out shows at PopRally and MoMA's PS1 in Long Island City. The Kansas City art-rock musical extravaganza led by Cody Critcheloe featured brief guest appearances by Casey Spooner (dressed like a cowboy in a Speedo) and Sky Ferreira, plus a full band performing in front of an array of psychedelic video projections. The museum's third floor was packed with New York gays, scenesters, hipsters, dazzling dancers and curiosity seekers, all primed for a big night out and nobody seemed disappointed. Come back soon, Cody!

Click here for a slideshow by Rebecca Smeyne.

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Monday, May 9, 2011

Overland Shark's Polymer Slug lands a nod on Altered Zones

Posted By on Mon, May 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Polymer Slug, via Overland Shark
  • Polymer Slug, via Overland Shark

Pitchfork's sister Internet rag Altered Zones has been loving Kansas City lately. Just last month, it featured KC's horror-movie synth machine Umberto on its front-page blog roll, and last week, it reviewed the latest release from Polymer Slug (the musical moniker of Chicago's Adam Tramposh), Cloud Types, out on cassette via Kansas City's Overland Shark label. 

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mouthbreathers scores some love from the East Coast

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Mouthbreathers: 100% harDCore, 100% more bong
  • Mouthbreathers: 100% harDCore, 100% more bong

Lawrence punk-rock band Mouthbreathers has been blowing up the East Coast media. No, it didn't make The New York Times, but it was recently featured on Brooklyn's Impose Magazine website, and just a couple of days ago, Washington, D.C.'s alt-weekly, Washington City Paper, jumped on the Mouthbreathers' bandwagon, highlighting the group's nod to the golden days of D.C.'s harDCore scene. 

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hidden Pictures releases its long-awaited full-length release, Synchronized Sleeping

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Hidden Pictures
  • Hidden Pictures

After four years and two EPs, the Lawrence and Kansas City indie-pop duo Hidden Pictures is releasing its debut full-length album, Synchronized Sleeping. With a host of local contributors and a fresh set of buttery-smooth, brightly colored alt-pop numbers, Richard Gintowt (formerly of OK Jones) and Michelle Sanders have fashioned a tightly polished album perfect for sunny days on a porch with a glass of lemonade. They'll be releasing it just in time for the coming of spring, with a show on April 1 at the Brick.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Royce Diamond drops third album on Datura Records

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 12:34 PM


There are a handful of names that inevitably come to mind when you think about the Kansas City hip-hop scene: Approach, Reach and Mac Lethal, to name a few. But one name you probably wouldn't think of (but should) has just released his third album on Datura Records, and it's seething with heavy beats and hot rhymes.

Royce Diamond's new album, Signal Flow, dropped  yesterday, and the multitalented engineer turned producer turned recording artist will be celebrating the release with a hip-hop throw-down tomorrow night at the Jackpot Music Hall.

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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Cowboy Indian Bear's Marty Hillard releases Ebony Tusk's first album in March

Posted By on Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 8:28 AM

Marty Hillard.
  • Marty Hillard.

Ebony Tusks is a hip-hop project from Cowboy Indian Bear's Marty Hillard. A new release is coming, called Midas -- Hillard refers to it as a "mini concept album" -- and it will be released on March 21. If you haven't caught Hillard rapping live yet, Ebony Tusks will open for Das Racist on March 30 along with Stik Figa, Greg Enemy and DJs Morri$ and Tom Richman at The Granada. The show will double as a release party for Midas.

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