Review of Theodore Shapiro’s ‘Ghostbusters’ score at Starburst Magazine

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Strangely, having just gotten out of an opening weekend screening of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot, we didn't really recall much of Theodore Shapiro's score while in the grips of watching the very funny movie. However, when we got back home and listened to the score on its own, we were instantly transported back into the film. That, right there, is the very definition of a successful film score: in the moment, you're completely involved in the film, but when you hear the isolated music, you're dropped right back into it.
Read the complete review at Starburst Magazine. Published 7/26/16

July’s Cine Local at the Pitch

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It's the heart of the heat of the summer, so hardly anybody's out shooting music videos right now. However, everybody's playing shows, so we have a wide array of live music on which to affix your gaze, be it the bluegrass of Julian Davis & the Hay-Burners, Horned Wolf's metal, or some classic punk from the Micronotz. We have you covered in this month's Cine Local.
Watch all of the videos at the Pitch. Published 8/1/16

Broncho Q&A at the Pitch

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Broncho’s new album, Double Vanity, may not have the commercial appeal of its predecessor, Just Hip Enough to Be Woman. It’s dense, layered and droning and yet still manages to engage with hooks beneath the reverb. No matter its commercial viability, Double Vanity rewards with multiple listens. The Pitch spoke by phone with Broncho’s guitarist and singer, Ryan Lindsey, about slowing the tempo and finding fans in KC.
Read the complete Q&A at the Pitch. Published 7/26/16

Review of Repeated Viewing’s “Street Force” cassette at Starburst Magazine

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One of the best aspects of the music Alan Sinclair produces as Repeated Viewing is the fact that, for all of the faux mythologizing regarding his imaginary film scores, they actually tell a story through music. One can create artwork, a backstory, or some semblance of a plot summary, but all of that means nothing without music which could actually soundtrack said scenario.
Read the complete review of Repeated Viewing's Street Force cassette at Starburst Magazine. Published 7/21/16

Mills Record Co. feature at the Pitch

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Mills Record Co. feels like a Westport institution, even though the shop first opened next to Dave’s Stagecoach in May 2013. Less than a year and a half later, the shop expanded into a former vape store next door, doubling its size. Now, a couple of months after its third anniversary, Mills has moved into a much bigger space, around the corner at 4045 Broadway, the former home of Westport on Broadway Antiques.
Read the complete piece, "As Mills Record Co. moves into a new Westport space, it makes room for showcasing local talent live" at the Pitch. Published on 7/19/126

Review of SSQ’s “Playback” LP at Modern Vinyl

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For those who know SSQ, they likely only know the ‘80s synth act in terms of two things: either as “the band Stacey Q was in before ‘Two of Hearts’” or “that one band from the Return of the Living Dead soundtrack.” They’re both of those things, but also, something more: a band who had everything working for them, only to never quite make it, despite one well-received video (for “Synthicide”), as well as a slightly more notorious one (for “Screaming in My Pillow”).
Read the complete review of SSQ's Playback LP at Modern Vinyl. Published 7/19/16

Tracklisted: Roadtrip at Modern Vinyl

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Much like the classic mixtape, Tracklisted presents a collection of songs under a selected theme, which you can check out below. Click on the provided Spotify playlist and listen to this week’s arrangement while you read a few words about the selections. The best car songs have that propulsive beat, mimicking the sound of tires eating up mile after mile of blacktop. Building offMeghin’s fifty states playlist from a couple months back, why not take a trip down the highway and visit as many as we can? Songs were chosen based on their propulsive nature, beats, and whether or not they’re actually about driving/roads/etc. Explanations of a few follow, and the rest, and their reasons for inclusion, ought to be readily apparent.
Read the complete notes of and listen to the Roadtrip mixtape at Modern Vinyl. Published 7/19/16

Review of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – 21 LP at Starburst Magazine

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In terms of musicality, BBC Radiophonic Workshop - 21 isn’t likely to be the sort of thing one puts on for groovy background tunes at a party. Honestly, the 21 record is really more of a historical document than an album, featuring as it does a vaguely chronological collection of pieces from the first 21 years of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop’s history on the a-side. Given that the majority of the Workshop’s early work wasn’t so much musical as background effects, what you have here is far more experimental tones. It’s musique concrete, rather than concrete melodies.
Read the complete review of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop - 21 LP at Starburst Magazine. Published on 7/18/16

Review of the Philistines’ “The Backbone of Night” at Modern Vinyl

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There’s a lot to love about the Philistines’ debut LP, The Backbone of Night, but the way the first side ends and the second side begins might be the best one-two punch of audio I’ve heard in ages. While the entirety of the album is a strong collection of psychedelic-tinged rock ‘n’ roll, the pure, energetic blast of “A Twitch of the Death Nerve,” coupled with the epic six-piece “guitarchestra” of “The Accretion Disco” is everything this Kansas City sextet can do, summed up in two tracks.
Read the complete review of the Philistines' The Backbone of Night at Modern Vinyl. Published 7/18/16

Lawrence Field Day Fest 5 feature at the Pitch

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In its original incarnation, Lawrence Field Day Fest featured the sort of games played during elementary school field days. Those games have gone by the wayside in favor of three days of the best local music the area has to offer. Past years have focused on indie and rock acts, but the fifth edition has the fest branching out with more bands and artists than ever before. In addition to the fest spotlighting Girls Rock Lawrence, there will be three different local labels showcasing their acts. The Pitch spoke with the folks behind the Record Machine, High Dive Records and Datura to find out what they have to offer attendees this year.
Read the complete feature on Field Day Fest 5 at the Pitch. Published 7/12/16