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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ces Cru and the Hot Sardines

Hundred Waters
Sunday, Feb. 22, at the RecordBar
Hundred Waters made its network television debut on “Late Show With David Letterman” two days prior to an appearance by Kansas City’s Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear earlier this month. The Florida-based band performs dreamy synth-rock that often resembles the output of Bjork. With Moses Sumney.
7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. The RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $12.
Hundred Waters Sunday, Feb. 22, at the RecordBar Hundred Waters made its network television debut on “Late Show With David Letterman” two days prior to an appearance by Kansas City’s Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear earlier this month. The Florida-based band performs dreamy synth-rock that often resembles the output of Bjork. With Moses Sumney. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. The RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $12.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Thursday, Feb. 19, at the RecordBar

One of the most highly touted British bands of the past year has a decidedly old-fashioned sound. Catfish and the Bottlemen’s punchy rock is positioned in the radio-ready territory between the indie-rock of the Strokes and the classic rock of Tom Petty. With Wild Party.

9:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19. The RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. The show is sold out.

Blackberry Smoke

Friday, Feb. 20, at the Uptown Theater

A long-haired Southern rock band from Atlanta, Blackberry Smoke revives the rugged but funky styles of Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Marshall Tucker Band with admirable expertise. With the Temperance Movement and the Ben Miller Band.

8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. 816-753-8665. Ticketmaster. $25.

Ces Cru

Friday, Feb. 20, at Aftershock

After struggling for more than a decade without the sponsorship of a record label, Kansas City hip-hop duo Ces Cru signed to Tech N9ne’s Strange Music in 2012. The rapid flows of Godemis and Ubiquitous have since impressed fans around the world. With Marked Reckordz, Seuss Mace and Zane Dris.

7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. Aftershock, 5240 Merriam Drive, Merriam. 913-384-5646. aftershockshows.com. $12.

Liquid Stranger

Friday, Feb. 20, at the Granada

Relocating from Sweden to Arizona seems like a counterintuitive move for an electronic dance music artist. Martin Stääf, the man behind Liquid Stranger, has managed to find inspiration for his psychedelic sound in the desert heat. With Chilling Spree and Aplsoz.

9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20. The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence. 785-842-1390. thegranada.com. $15-$18.

The Hot Sardines

Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Folly Theater

Not since the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy rode the swing revival of the 1990s to stardom has a jazz ensemble seemed more primed for mainstream success than the Hot Sardines. The upbeat band from New York infuses vintage jazz with sultry stylishness.

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th. 816-474-4444. follytheater.org. $18-$50.

The HillBenders

Saturday, Feb. 21, at Knuckleheads

Bluegrass versions of rock material have long been embraced by bemused music fans. Billed as a “bluegrass opry,” a forthcoming rendition of the Who’s “Tommy” by Springfield-based band the HillBenders promises to be a particularly rewarding novelty album. With Split Lip Rayfield.

9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Knuckleheads, 2715 Rochester. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com. $15.

Outsides

Saturday, Feb. 21, at the RecordBar

Kansas City’s most notable electro-pop act, Outsides, creates anthems that are capable of filling dance floors from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin. Songs like “Just Curious” are hits just waiting to happen for the band, the brainchild of Tim Ellis. With Hembree.

10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. The RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $10.

Max Frost

Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Uptown Theater

“White Lies,” Max Frost’s biggest hit, demonstrates his ability to artfully blend vintage rock, classic R&B and contemporary indie-rock. The musician from Austin, Texas, is the primary entertainer at JayRock10, a benefit concert for the JayDoc Free Clinic.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. 816-753-8665. Ticketmaster. $15-$35.

Hundred Waters

Sunday, Feb. 22, at the RecordBar

Hundred Waters made its network television debut on “Late Show With David Letterman” two days prior to an appearance by Kansas City’s Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear earlier this month. The Florida-based band performs dreamy synth-rock that often resembles the output of Bjork. With Moses Sumney.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22. The RecordBar, 1020 Westport Road. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $12.

Hozier

Monday, Feb. 23, at Liberty Hall

A scathing indictment of organized religion is a difficult way for a new artist to endear himself to the masses, but that’s precisely what Hozier accomplished with his hit “Take Me to Church.” The soulful Irishman will demonstrate that he isn’t always so bleak during Monday’s sold-out concert.

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23. Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence. 785-749-1972. Ticketmaster.com. The show is sold out.

Merle Haggard

Monday, Feb. 23, at Uptown Theater

One of the most iconic figures in American music, Merle Haggard will have time to play only a minor fraction of his groundbreaking catalog. Fans of the septuagenarian can expect to hear hits including “The Bottle Let Me Down” and “Mama Tried.”

8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23. Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. 816-753-8665. Ticketmaster. $34-$125.

Ariana Grande

Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the Independence Events Center

Ariana Grande, the recently crowned princess of pop known for her enormous voice and tiny frame, dominates the space once occupied by Mariah Carey. The current single “Love Me Harder” showcases Grande’s grandiose singing in a shimmering state-of-the-art setting. With Rixton.

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25. Independence Events Center. 816-442-6100. Ticketmaster. $29.50-$69.50

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star

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