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Staff Review Jan 11, 2018

The Readers Advisory committee is pleased to announce that Lisa Allen has won our Ain't It the Truth writing contest in the open category for her poem "Adoration."  With precise yet smoldering language, Allen's narrator carefully unravels the "secret histories" of the women who raised her--what remains hidden beneath the facades they were forced to adopt to survive.

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By The Joy Formidable
Rated by Dylan R
Jan 5, 2018

The third major release from Wales' The Joy Formidable, Hitch offers many of hallmarks of their alt-rock sound: Impeccable dynamics (those familiar with their body of work know they may start softly often, but boy do they like to get loud!), arrangements and chord progressions which are creative without becoming distracting, and an absolutely epic, multi-layered recording.

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Olivia Fox
Friday, Jan 12, 2018

OLIVIA FOX is a Kansas City-based trio whose sound encompasses everything from folk, country and pop, sometimes all at the same time. Consisting of KC natives Lauren Flynn, Tiffany Smith and Aubrey Callahan, OLIVIA FOX's trademark excellent harmonies are on full display on their 2017 self-titled debut EP. We're excited to share an interview with the band along with their movie recommendations.

Friday, Jan 5, 2018

With a sound inspired by 80s synthpop, surf and dreampop, Dreamgirl rings in the new year with their self-titled debut album, an affirmation of the potential shown on their previous two EPs. Led by singer Lacey Hopkins, the band's music is the product of a true collaboration between the members. We are lucky to bring you an interview with Hopkins about their debut album, songwriting process and what inspires them about music in Kansas City.

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