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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Mills Record Co. celebrates its one-year anniversary with the Shy Boys at Harling's this Saturday

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Since opening one year ago on May 3, 2013, Mills Record Co. - owned and operated by the indomitable Judy Mills - has become a key voice in the local music scene and a hub for creative types to come together and feel good about their common interests. (Personally, I haven't known Kansas City without Mills Record, and it's very hard for me to imagine Westport - or, indeed, the local community - without it.) 

So just as Lawrence's Love Garden Sounds celebrates nearly a quarter century in business this Sunday, Mills will celebrate a full 12 months as one of the most influential and intelligent voices giving new life to local KC sounds with a show at Harling's on Saturday, May 3, featuring the Shy Boys, Burial Teens and a DJ set from the Dropout Boogie.

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Love Garden Sounds celebrates 24 years in business with a star-studded lineup this Sunday at the Granada

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This Sunday, May 4, Love Garden Sounds - one of the area's best-loved record stores, open since 1990 - celebrates a (somewhat belated) 24th birthday with an exciting lineup of out-of-town bands and local favorites: Woods, Quilts, Blood on the Wall, Your Friend, Oils, Psychic Heat, Gnarly Davidson and CS Luxem. It's a pretty big celebration, taking place at the Granada in Lawrence and utilizing two stages. It's a lineup that Love Garden owner Kelly Corcoran calls "totally bananas."

Because Love Garden Sounds is nearly a quarter-century into its existence, we caught up with Corcoran over the phone to discuss his plans for the celebration and to get some insight into the history of the shop. 

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bummer has a Kickstarter to fund the pressing of its EP

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 11:12 AM

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In terms of local bands that are really hot right now, Bummer - a young three-piece from Olathe - is tip-of-the-tongue. It's not just Bummer's reputation for furious, ground-shaking live shows; it's that, underneath the ominous, sludgy, fierce noise-rock the band dispenses, the guys - guitarist and lead singer Matt Perrin, bassist Mike Gustafson and drummer Thomas Williams - have mastered the ability to sound loose while simultaneously maintaining an exacting control over their instruments. 

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

"For Pete's Sake," a benefit for Knuckleheads sound guy, takes place this Saturday and Sunday

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When I ask Frank Hicks, the owner of Knuckleheads, how long his faithful sound guy Pete Saiger has been working at the venue, Hicks laughs over the phone.

"Well, that's a good question," he says. "I don't know for a fact. He's been there almost since Day One. I think probably started somewhere around 2002 or 2003."

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Stik Figa debuts a new recording, called "The Pookey Tape"

Posted By on Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 10:17 AM

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In September, Topeka MC Stik Figa released City Under the City, a gorgeous rap-noir album that was the fruit of a collaboration with North Carolina producer L'Orange. Last week, Figa followed it up with the Pookey Tape, a collection of eight sturdy tracks that paint a vivid picture of the rapper's Midwestern childhood. (The title is derived from Figa's nickname as a kid.) 

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Record Store Day at Love Garden was controlled madness

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This year, we wanted to focus on capturing Record Store Day around Lawrence and Kansas City. We sent writers to Love Garden Sounds, Mills Record Company and Vinyl Renaissance. If you didn't make it out, here's your chance to live vicariously.  

Thanks to three rather insistent cats demanding to be fed, I was somewhere in the first 25 people or so at Love Garden Sounds. With a pair of lawn chairs, my brother and I sat in line for two hours with friends, chatting about wish lists and comic books. Seems everyone had their absolute wants, as well as a backup list of releases they'd buy if their needs weren't met. When you're limited to five picks from the bins, you choose wisely.

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Record Store Day at Vinyl Renaissance drew in all sorts of music lovers

Posted By on Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

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This year, we wanted to focus on capturing Record Store Day around Lawrence and Kansas City. We sent writers to Love Garden SoundsMills Record Company and Vinyl Renaissance. If you didn't make it out, here's your chance to live vicariously.

It was call time for the 39th street Vinyl Renaissance location at 11 a.m.; I assumed I'd be facing mayhem right on time. (I even stayed relatively sober Friday night, so as not to upset my brain waiting in the lines and heat on Saturday.) Right at the beginning, Vinyl Renaissance was clustered with steadfast vinyl elitists, but I couldn't help feeling that the initial turnout was lacking. But it was still relatively early in the day, so I didn't think too much into it.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

KKFI's annual on-air band auction starts this Thursday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 10:55 AM

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Radio-station pledge drives, though necessary, are generally not fun for the listener. Local public-radio outlet KKFI 90.1 has a more creative spin on a fundraiser, and one that's slightly more entertaining: its annual band auction. 

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Friday, April 4, 2014

After Nations has an EP-release party at Davey's tonight

Posted By on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 10:01 AM

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Just last month, while wandering around the swelling Austin streets for SXSW, I found my way into a bar for a midday set by Kansas City prog-rock band After Nations. My ears were assaulted by some incredible - and incredibly loud - compositions. There I was, in this small little venue with only a handful of people, watching this talented trio - guitarist Andrew Elliott, bassist Tyler Mehaffey and drummer Trent Utley - shred, sweat and live in a dizzying assembly of songs that I'm tempted to call "rock symphonies," but I know how douche-y that sounds. 

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Center of the City takes over Black & Gold Tavern Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:09 PM

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Middle of the Map takes over Westport this weekend, but you can escape the fray for a different kind of madness at Center of the City. Thirty-five KC punk and hardcore bands spend three nights battering two stages at Vandals - the remodeled indoor stage at the Black & Gold Tavern and an outdoor courtyard.

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