There’s some great stuff coming through town this week: Fleet Foxes returns after a half-decade hiatus, CAAMP is back for the first time since Middle of the Map Fest, and the legend Herbie Hancock plays the most legendary venue in town, Kauffman Center.
The title track to Various Blonde’s 2016 album “All Bases Covered,” was one of my favorites of the year. Their 2014 release, “Summer High,” was produced by Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, who used to tour with Jack White before his untimely death. Come do some namedropping at their Monday show.
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Have you seen Fleet Foxes? Yeah, me neither. They played Uptown in 2011 and if you’re really cool maybe you saw them at The Jackpot in 2008. But chances are, you’ve never seen them as they were on hiatus for so long. Don’t miss this chance to catch them at the Midland. Who knows? —they could disappear for another decade or so.
8/10 CAAMP/Quirk & Ruckus at RecordBar
Hi, my name is Chris and I’m addicted to the band CAAMP from Ohio. These guys played Middle of the Map this year and I haven’t stopped listening to them since we booked them back in February. Two guys, minimal instrumentation, simple structure and a voice that could break down the toughest person in the room. Opening up for them is Quirk & Ruckus, side project of Katy Guillen & the Girls, featuring Katy Guillen and Claire Adams.
These Canadian indie rockers have been making music for 20 years now! Their blend of infectious pop/rock music features great hooks, strong vocals and witty lyrics. The oddly-named Ought, also of Canada and fronted by Tim Darcy, opens the show. They gigged through KC a couple years ago in support of their 2014 album “More Than Any Other Day,” which ended up on “Best of” lists in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and Paste.
8/12 Herbie Hancock at Kauffman Center
He’s a living legend, he’s played with all of the greats, he was in the Miles Davis Quartet. I can’t even imagine the stories Herbie Hancock has. He’s got an Oscar, enough Grammys to sink a ship and he’s in KC on Saturday, August 12. Don’t miss this amazing night at the Kauffman Center.
Chris Haghirian is Ink magazine’s resident fan boy. See his full August concert list.