Josh Abbott Band, Friday, Oct. 3, at the Granada
After releasing three albums on the independent record label Pretty Damn Tough, the Josh Abbott Band’s five-song EP was issued by Atlantic Records recently. Even though the six members of the ensemble from Lubbock, Texas, lack the matinee idol looks possessed by many of country’s top stars, the musicians with everyman personas had acquired a formidable fan base that the industry’s power brokers could no longer ignore. Loaded with potential hits like the title track “Tuesday Night,” an ode to the simple pleasures afforded by beer and tacos, the new release should propel Abbott’s band even further. Josh Grider, another Texas-based country act, opens the show.
Tickets are $15 in advance through thegranada.com.
Bahamas, Saturday, Oct. 4, at the RecordBar
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Many of the acoustic-based songs in Bahamas’ catalog would fit in seamlessly alongside the mellow hits of the 1970s by the likes of Bread, Bob Welch and Cat Stevens. The project of guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Afie Jurvanen, Bahamas makes bewitching pop music for sentimental adults. Basia Bulat, another artist from Toronto, is touring with Bahamas. The acclaimed artist often resembles an autoharp-wielding version of Joni Mitchell.
Tickets are $10 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, Saturday, Oct. 4, at Starlight Theatre
Less than three months after Paul McCartney appeared at the Sprint Center, the other surviving member of the Beatles will get by with a little help from his friends at Starlight Theatre. Ringo Starr will revive the Fab Four classics “Yellow Submarine” and “Don’t Pass Me By” in addition to performing hits from his solo career including “Photograph” and “It Don’t Come Easy.” When Ringo is trying not to sing out of key, he’ll give his friends a chance to shine. Todd Rundgren will be spotlighted on “I Saw the Light,” while members of Mister Mister, Santana and Toto will reprise their most familiar material.
Tickets range from $25 to $175 in advance through kcstarlight.com.
Joey Badass, Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Granada
“Big Dusty,” the arresting new single by rapper Joey Badass, indicates that the teenage rapper from Brooklyn may be capable of single-handedly reviving shrewd lyricism in mainstream hip-hop. Over a wavy beat, the 19-year-old born as Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott evokes old-school rappers such as Kool Keith, Del the Funky Homosapien and MF Doom. Badass’ gruff voice and sophisticated flow belie his age. His head-turning efforts on mixtapes compelled XXL magazine to name him to its influential Freshman Class of 2013 list. “B4.Da.$$,”his first proper album, was released on Sept. 30.
Tickets are $25 in advance through thegranada.com.
Ozomatli and Making Movies, Sunday, Oct. 5, at Knuckleheads
Billed as Kansas City’s first alternative Latin music festival, Sunday’s Carnaval is co-headlined by Making Movies and Ozomatli. Equal parts indie-rock, rock en Español and the roots-based sounds of Central America, Making Movies’ “A La Deriva” is one of the most entertaining albums released by a locally based band in recent years. A heavy tour schedule has made Making Movies a formidable live act. Los Angeles’ Ozomatli is a compelling party band with a political bent. The inaugural edition of the family-friendly event will also feature visual art, supplemental food vendors and additional music on Knuckleheads’ stages.
Tickets are $20 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Clint Black, Sunday, Oct. 5, at Yardley Hall
One of country’s top stars in the 1990s, Clint Black recorded a string of charming hits that still hold up today. His bluesy tenor voice lends a timeless quality to the Western swing of “One More Payment,” the ode to perseverance “A Better Man” and the drinking-to-forget weeper “Killin’ Time.” His wry smile, boyish good looks (and marriage to actress Lisa Hartman) helped Black achieve mainstream celebrity. He hasn’t released an album since 2005, but Black’s tour schedule and occasional television appearances on programs including “History Detectives” and “Celebrity Apprentice” keep him in the spotlight.
Tickets are $42 and $52 in advance through jccc.edu/performing-arts-series.
Slow Magic, Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Bottleneck
The shadowy Slow Magic is more at home in the virtual world of music-streaming services such as SoundCloud than on the stages of venues such as the Bottleneck. The biography of Slow Magic, a mysterious electronic dance music entity with no official personnel or place of origin, simply suggests that it’s “the sound made by an unknown imaginary friend.” Florida’s Kodak to Graph and the nebulous Daktyl open the show with similarly dreamy sets of electro-pop.
Tickets are $11 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Ex Hex, Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Riot Room
“Rips,” the debut album by Mary Timony’s Ex Hex, will be released the day before the group’s performance at the Riot Room. The invigorating new songs “Hot and Cold” and “Beast” rage like long lost New Wave classics from 1979. Timony, the Washington, D.C.-based guitarist best known for her work in Helium and Wild Flag, sounds newly energized in the bracing trio. Four bands that also revive the guitar-oriented alternative rock sound of previous decades — Massachusetts’ Speedy Ortiz, Florida’s Flashlights, Scotland’s Paws and Brooklyn’s Total Slacker — are touring with Ex Hex.
Tickets are $15 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star