The Members, Thursday, Sept. 4, at the RecordBar
“Solitary Confinement,” the debut single by the first-generation British new wave band the Members, was released by Stiff Records in 1978. Although the video for the beery “Working Girl” was embraced by the nascent MTV cable network, the minor 1979 hit “The Sound of the Suburbs” remains the band’s signature song. The current version of the Members includes three musicians who contributed to the heyday of the fabled group. Big Iron, a Kansas City band that revives the initial outburst of punk, opens the show. Fans of the Clash who still mourn Joe Strummer are certain to find solace at the RecordBar on Thursday.
Tickets are $15 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Sam Moss, Thursday, Sept. 4, at Czar Bar
Sam Moss’ mild countenance is deceptive. Calamitous storms rage in the nimble songs of the critically acclaimed artist from New England. In addition to writing resonant material in the vein of Gillian Welch and Bill Callahan, Moss is a guitar master in the tradition of John Fahey and Leo Kottke. Moss’ performance may resonate with the power associated with these better-known artists if Thursday’s audience at the Czar Bar provides an accommodating setting for his hushed music. Two locally based acts, acoustic trio Old Sound and singer/songwriter Mikal Shapiro, open the show.
Tickets are $5 in advance through czarkc.com.
Washed Out, Friday, Sept. 5, at the Granada
The music-minded students at the University of Kansas who are already overwhelmed by the new academic year may elect to take an aural sedative in downtown Lawrence on Friday. The appropriately named Washed Out, a project led by Georgia-based electronic musician Ernest Greene, creates relaxing electro-pop. Basking in Washed Out’s pleasantly psychedelic sound at the Granada is a much healthier alternative to pouting in a dorm room or barhopping on Massachusetts Street. Small Black, a similar chillwave band from New York, is on tour with Washed Out.
Tickets are $15 in advance through thegranada.com.
Buddy Guy, Saturday, Sept. 6, at Yardley Hall
Buddy Guy may smile politely in his publicity photos, but the blues legend is still capable of performing with tyrannical wickedness. Born in Louisiana in 1936, Guy began tearing up the Chicago blues scene with his ferocious guitar work in the 1960s. “Hoodoo Man Blues,” his bold 1965 collaboration with Junior Wells, set the tone for his illustrious recording career. A terrific showman, Guy will almost certainly find a way to demonstrate his traditional bar-walking antics in the refined Johnson County concert hall. Quinn Sullivan, 15, opens the show. The Massachusetts-based teen occupies the space once commandeered by Brody Buster, the former blues prodigy from Kansas City.
Tickets range from $52 to $125 in advance through jccc.edu/performing-arts-series.
Joss Stone, Sunday, Sept. 7, at Crossroads KC
Joss Stone is the world’s most popular young proponent of soul music. The blond British vocalist may be extremely marketable, but her status is justified. Stone has successfully immersed herself in the classic work of soul giants like Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway and Percy Sledge. Stone’s output is likely to become increasingly resonant as she ages. The members of the Infamous Stringdusters, an energetic bluegrass band from Virginia that opens Sunday’s show, are also beginning to come into their own. Like Stone, they manage to uncover new wrinkles in old music.
Tickets range from $30 to $76.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes, Sunday, Sept. 7, at the Granada
The burgeoning soul revivalist scene is getting mighty crowded. For every leading ensemble like Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, there are dozens of upstarts clamoring to take their place. The recordings of the Australian ensemble Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes sound like just another capable but somewhat indistinct group attempting to fill the void left by Amy Winehouse’s death in 2011. The visual component of Browne and her backup vocalists, however, is arresting. The Latenight Callers, a Kansas City band with a similarly engaging look, open the show.
Tickets are $15 in advance through thegranada.com.
Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Knuckleheads
The lives of touring musicians can be monotonous. The members of Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers have found a way to put their plentiful downtime to good use. The band from San Francisco has created a remarkably entertaining library of videos shot in a van as it barrels down highways from gig to gig. Its inventive renditions of popular songs threaten to best the original versions by the likes of Pat Benatar, Patsy Cline and Funkadelic. The Gramblers’ substantially louder stage presentation reveals a similarly eclectic range of influences. The Monophonics, a powerful California-based band with a penchant for the music of Otis Redding, opens the show.
Tickets are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Yolanda Be Cool, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Riot Room
“We No Speak Americano,” the ingenious 2010 novelty song by Yolanda Be Cool, is one of the most annoying hits of the new millennium. Constructed around a sample of a vintage Italian pop tune, the insinuating dance track topped charts around the world. The Australian duo of Andrew Stanley and Matthew Handley is attempting to prove to American audiences that it’s not a one-hit wonder. Yolanda Be Cool will showcase its more recent and substantially less cloying form of electronic dance music at the Riot Room. Kansas City’s DJ Spinstyles will join Yolanda Be Cool on the indoor stage, while German producer DJ Paypal and Chicago’s DJ Earl will perform on the Riot Room’s patio.
Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Hocico, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Czar Bar
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails has dominated the industrial rock landscape for years, but the pervasive scope of the international scene is reflected by the vitality of Mexico City’s Hocico. The self-described “hard-electro band” has been creating ominous beats for decades. The disturbing sexual imagery depicted in the new video for Hocico’s “Dead Trust” reflects the band’s lurid aesthetic. Hardwire, an even heavier band from Phoenix, joins Hocico on the Keep the Blood Boiling tour. Night Creation, a black metal band based in Kansas City, opens the show.
Tickets are $15 in advance through czarkc.com.
Dutch Newman with Steddy P, Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the RecordBar
One of the most colorful characters on Kansas City’s hip-hop scene, Dutch Newman is an ebullient rapper and charismatic performer. He’ll celebrate the release of his new album, “Don’t Take This Personal,” at the RecordBar on Wednesday. The show also serves as a birthday party for Steddy P, the leader of Kansas City’s Indyground Entertainment crew. The entrepreneur and rapper will be supported by the imaginative DJ Mahf. The Phantom is among the local luminaries who will be on hand to help Newman and Steddy P celebrate.
Tickets are $8 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Buzz Beach Ball, Friday, Sept. 5, at Sporting Park
The members of Arctic Monkeys should feel at home in Sporting Park as they headline the Buzz Beach Ball festival. As one of the most popular rock bands in Europe, Arctic Monkeys has long been the featured attraction at large-scale events. The recent hit “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” has greatly enhanced Arctic Monkeys’ reputation stateside. The 12-band lineup at Buzz Beach Ball also includes stalwart indie rockers Weezer, Middle of the Map festival veterans J. Roddy Walston & the Business and the Australian party band the Griswolds.
Tickets range from $46 to $95 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival, Friday, Sept. 5, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Nickelback may be the only rock band that incites more derision than Godsmack. Detractors suggest that Godsmack’s music is an unimaginative distillation of Metallica and Alice in Chains. The members of Godsmack may be too busy counting their earnings to pay attention to critics. In addition to headlining the Uproar Festival tour, the band’s latest release, “1000hp,” is well on its way to becoming its sixth consecutive studio album to achieve gold certification. South African trio Seether, lurid hit makers Buckcherry and Escape the Fate, an emo-metal band from Las Vegas, are among the bands supporting Godsmack.
Tickets range from $9.89 to $95 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
Crossroads Music Fest, Saturday, Sept. 6, at Crossroads KC
For a subset of locally based music obsessives, the annual Crossroads Music Fest is a civic holiday. Dozens of musicians will perform on the festival’s seven stages in a one-day burst of hometown pride. Crossroads KC, the largest of the venues, will host sets by Me Like Bees, My Brothers & Sisters, Not a Planet and Loose Park. The songwriting circles at Collection feature an intriguing array of burly rock, arty indie rock and gentle folk musicians. Jazz will be represented by two organ-based ensembles at Green Lady Lounge and by an improvisatory group led by Mark Lowrey at the Brick.
Tickets are $16.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star