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Arcade Fire’s Starlight Theatre show highlights a busy week for live music

Arcade Fire with Tune-Yards

Saturday at Starlight Theatre. The show is sold out.

Arcade Fire’s previous Kansas City show, in April 2011, topped many best-concert lists that year. This time, the seven-member band is touring on “Reflektor,” its most-recent album, and one that requires a larger ensemble of musicians. From a review in the National Post of a recent two-hour Toronto show: Win Butler and his crew — “having grown to include a horn section, Haitian drummers and strings courtesy of local enfant terrible Owen Pallett and Sarah Neufeld — debuted Arcade Fire: The Arena Rock Version in Canada, and what could have been a cringe-worthy romp of a once mighty juggernaut was proven a necessary evolution for the last survivors of Canada’s indie rock revolution.”

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By TIMOTHY FINN. 3 hours ago

Paul McCartney coming to Kansas City

Paul McCartney’s "Out There" tour will swing into Kansas City this summer.

The former Beatle will perform July 16 at the Sprint Center. He was last in town in July 2010, his first appearance in Kansas City in 17 years. Here's a review of the 2010 show at Sprint Center.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 28 online at, in person at Sprint Center Box Office or charge-by-phone at 888.929.7849. Prices in other cities have ranged from $28 to $250. Members of will have access to a presale.

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2 days ago

The Mavericks give full house at Knuckleheads a long, memorable evening

There are bands and performers with lofty reputations for putting on bucket-list concerts — high-octane live shows loaded with entertainment, great songwriting and world-class musicianship. The Mavericks deserve to be included among all of them.

On Saturday, they filled Knuckleheads for the second straight night, drawing about 1,200 fans and unleashing almost 2 hours and 45 minutes of music drawn from an array of genres: rockabilly, jazz, country, blues, Mexican folk and old-time rock ’n’ roll.

Raul Malo is the band’s leader and incomparable lead singer, and all night he beamed like a guy who’s getting paid handsomely to do what he was born to do and what he loves to do more than anything. His mood was contagious. The crowd, which filled the outdoor stage and spilled into the street, danced and sang along all night.

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By TIMOTHY FINN. 3 days ago

Boulevardia announces its three-day music lineup

Organizers of the first Boulevardia have announced the music lineup for the three-day street festival to be held June 13-15 in the West Bottoms.

The headliners: Capital Cities, an electronic-pop duo from Los Angeles; the Wild Feathers, an alt-counry/rock band from Nashville; the Freddy Jones Band; and the BoDeans.

More than two dozen bands will perform at the festival, including several local bands. Among them: the Grisly Hand, Katy Guillen & the Girls and Hearts of Darkness. The dance/aerial/music troupe Quixotic will also perform.

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5 days ago

Many factors determine if shows like Miley Cyrus’ are canceled or postponed

Thousands of fans who were disappointed by the cancellation of the Miley Cyrus show on Tuesday can hope she will return on another date, but as of now, no plans have been announced to reschedule the Sprint Center show or Wednesday’s show at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Both were canceled after Cyrus was hospitalized Tuesday in Kansas City for an allergic reaction to antibiotics. She previously canceled her April 7 show in Charlotte, N.C., because she was ill with the flu. That show also has not been rescheduled.

“We have told the promoter (Live Nation) we are very interested in rescheduling the show,” Sprint Center spokeswoman Shani Tate told The Star.

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The Blessed Broke goes for broke on new album

The song that opens “Ladders Out of Purgatory,” the new album from the Blessed Broke, is a haunting dirge called “The Stain.”

Over a sparse bed of acoustic and slide guitar and the low-pulse throb of a bass and beat of a drum, Brian Frame sings in a world-weary voice:

“We were all waiting in line to get a little blood on our hands / But you missed all the signs and take a look now at where you stand. … You know well that it’s too late to give any other refrain / We have gone down to find something that might remove that stain.”

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After 11 months, business is humming along at Mills Recording Co.

It took Judy Mills several months to find the right storefront for Mills Recording Co.

Eleven months after she opened her business on the north side of Westport Road, just east of Broadway, she already needs more space.

“It’s a surprise, but a pleasant surprise,” she said. “I knew we’d grow, but I didn’t think it would be so fast.”

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