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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

J. Rieger & Co. has a brand-new product: Midwestern Premium Vodka

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 1:42 PM

Schulte, the bar manager at the Rieger, whips up a vodka cocktail. I didn't get to drink this, but I would. - BROCK SCHULTE / TWITTER
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  • Schulte, the bar manager at the Rieger, whips up a vodka cocktail. I didn't get to drink this, but I would.

Earlier this week, the folks at J. Rieger & Co. — who last year debuted the delightful J. Rieger & Co. Whiskey — unveiled a brand-new product: Midwestern Premium Vodka. Because they just can't help themselves, I guess. Those crazy kids! 

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Sara Morgan releases a new EP, Easy to Dream, today

Posted By on Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 2:38 PM

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Sara Morgan is about as country as it gets - something she is unabashedly proud of on her latest EP, Easy to Dream, out today. The 25-year-old Arkansas native says she has found an unlikely support system and an audience for her music in Kansas City, and despite her pining for some famed Nashville stages - namely the Grand Ole Opry - she's come to regard KC as her home. 

We dialed up Morgan to chat about her new release and being comfortable with standing out. 

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Get to RecordBar on Saturday for a great big vinyl sale

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2015 at 1:31 PM

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It's happening again: The bi-annual pop-up record sale at RecordBar takes place on Saturday, May 9, from noon to 5 p.m. Curated by Tom Sorrells (formerly of Titan Records, who we last spoke to about Numero's Cavern Sounds release), this one-day-only sale will feature something like 10,000 records for you eager audiophiles to dive into. Get there early. 

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

High Dive Records signs re-formed Rooftop Vigilantes, announces forthcoming full-length

Posted By on Thu, Apr 9, 2015 at 11:27 AM

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As of last week, a semi-local band has just been added to High Dive Record's ever-growing roster: Rooftop Vigilantes. Once a staple of the Lawrence music scene, the band went on hiatus in 2011 after the band's four members went their separate ways. We called High Dive Records co-founder Jeff McCoy to talk about how Rooftop Vigilantes became the latest addition to his growing family.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Approach, a Pitch Music Awards nominee, has a new instrumental hip-hop album

Posted By on Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:15 PM

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Never one to sit still (except, uh, in the above photo), Lawrence's Approach - a Pitch Music Awards nominee in the hip-hop/rap category - has just come out with a new mixtape. It's an instrumental hip-hop record, and it flows as smoothly as a river of butter under a hot summer sun. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Album Review: Federation of Horsepower's Hermanos de Sangre

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 8:23 AM

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Hermanos de Sangre
EP
(self-released)


It’s strange to think of a bunch of Midwestern white guys putting together this EP. It bookends three high-octane, full-throttle rock-and-roll numbers between an instrumental cumbia (“De Estas Mano...”) and a cover of the traditional Mexican song “Volver Volver.”

Somehow, it all works. The instrumental bridge in “The Tijuana Upholstery Job” sings like a mariachi band, and the swing of “Fried Chicken for Breakfast” sounds like something ZZ Top would broadcast from a border radio station. The inclusion of “The Queen of Rosedale,” which was on Federation’s debut album a full seven years ago, seems a little crazy, though. Why rerecord something old when you’re putting out so few songs, right? But the interplay between the soaring soul of Monique Danielle and frontman Gregg Todt — in addition to some royally beefed-up guitars — makes this track Hermanos de Sangre’s centerpiece. 

Listen to Hermanos de Sangre here

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Album Review: Red Kate and the Bad Ideas' self-titled 7-inch split

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 7:28 AM

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Red Kate/The Bad Ideas
Self-titled 7-inch split
(Mills Record Co.)


Red Kate and the Bad Ideas’ new split single marks the first release by local store Mills Record Co. Each side features two tracks from both groups, each song a brief starburst of joyful fury.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Album Review: Gee Watts' 199x

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:39 AM

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199x

(Distant Dreams Music)


Thanks to a serendipitous collaboration with Kendrick Lamar last year on his debut mixtape, Watts Up, Gee Watts is one of Kansas City’s most buzzed-about rappers. And when his debut, 199x (say: nineteen ninety never), was at last released, in April, it stirred up a flurry of approval from underground hip-hop blogs and local listeners.

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Album Review: All Blood's The Kids Have No Taste

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 11:06 AM

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The Kids Have No Taste
(self-released)

Calculated in its use of lo-fi recording techniques, the first release from the full-band All Blood expands on the work that Jonathan Brokaw has been recording as a solo project for the past few years. The quartet mines a sonic territory familiar to fans of Goner or Slovenly Recordings — angular, but with a jangly shimmy that allows for dancing even as it encourages you to wreck the room.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Album Review: Brooke Tuley's First Midnight

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

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First Midnight

(self-released)

When garage-rock trio the Bloodbirds dissolved last year, following the relocation of bassist Anna St. Louis, local music fans mourned the loss of one of their community’s most enigmatic groups. But in April, drummer Brooke Tuley announced the release of First Midnight, a small batch of songs she had recorded with her husband, Bloodbirds guitarist Mike Tuley, and now it seems that the best-loved parts of the band live on.

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