Aaron Rhodes


Aaron Rhodes is a music journalist based in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the editor-in-chief of Shuttlecock Music Magazine and a frequent contributor to 90.9 The Bridge and The Pitch.

Articles by Aaron Rhodes

Curses and Blessings

Posted on November 26 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

Kansas City transplants HXXS release their debut LP, ‘Year Of The Witch,’ via Captured Tracks It was almost 9 p.m. on a frigid early November evening when I met the members of HXXS at miniBar. We sat at a table downstairs after the duo had just schlepp... [Read More]

A Happy Ending For A Happy Band

Posted on October 2 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

Kansas City Punks Faultfinder Rocked, Even If You've Got Not A Big Brain There may never be another Kansas City band quite like Faultfinder. Since its 2010 inception to its 2018 demise (and posthumous LP release this year), the group stood out as one o... [Read More]

The Cat Is Fat Big

Posted on August 8 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

Olathe trio Bigfatcat is one of the metro's most exciting pop groups and just graduated high school “I like that it starts with that one,” Rachel Cionitti said with a laugh and smile.  She’s referring to “Young Girls,” the minute-long a cappella ope... [Read More]

Aaron's Top 15 KC Albums of the Decade

Posted on July 11 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

This list was excruciating to make. Kansas City music rules. Punk rock? Hip-hop? Indie rock? Other s***? I love it all, baby. My initial listen had to be whittled down from around 60 of my favorite local albums from the last decade. Please tweet and ask m... [Read More]

A Fleeting Fight

Posted on June 20 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

The Appleseed Cast's first album in six years brims with humanist post-rock battle cries Six years have passed since the last Appleseed Cast album was released, the longest gap in the Lawrence, Kansas band’s discography so far. The band’s thoughtful, o... [Read More]

Do-It-Yourself Pride

Posted on May 29 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

Queer and trans electronic collective UN/TUCK plots its inaugural Transfiguration festival Kansas Citians can count on one hand the number of independent music projects that rival the ambition of UN/TUCK. Since its launch in October 2017, the queer and... [Read More]

Maybe the 'Problem' Is Balance

Posted on May 17 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

The Get Up Kids release first new LP in eight years and set out on a world tour “Almost 20 years listening to this Perfect Album...” reads one YouTube comment on The Get Up Kids’ “Something To Write Home About” full album video. The Kansas City emo ban... [Read More]

The Tonganoxie 'Oh My God' Experience

Posted on May 6 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

Deciphering Kevin Morby’s secular gospel and sonic pop art with a stomach full of Casey’s pizza Spend a minute scrolling through the Instagram feed of your average millennial. Before that minute is up, you will likely have come across a post or two ped... [Read More]

Stripes Earned

Posted on April 2 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

A Brief Introduction to Eclectic Lawrence Hip-Hop Collective Vivid Zebra The Lawrence, Kansas music scene was different before Vivid Zebra came around. In the collective’s early days, a request to throw a show at the now-closed Jackpot Music Hall was m... [Read More]

Midwest Menace

Posted on March 14 2019 by Aaron Rhodes

To make it out of Kansas City's East Side, you've got to 'hoop or shoot a strap' — Ray Muney chooses to rap Street rap has found itself in the middle of a new gold rush. While 50 Cent, Jeezy and a score of other rough-and-tumble rhymesmiths landed big... [Read More]


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