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KC concerts this week: Tech N9ne, Margo Price, Laura Burhenn, Sturgill Simpson

Elle King performs Friday, Oct. 28, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.
Elle King performs Friday, Oct. 28, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Invision/AP


Thursday, Oct. 27, at Liberty Hall

Cherub’s ironic approach to electro-pop is reflected by a line on its throwback funk selection “Very Rare”: “You make me feel like an extra chicken nugget in a 20-piece meal.” “Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence,” the droll title of the Nashville-based duo’s new album, affirms Cherub’s comic inclinations. Yet the breakout hit “Doses & Mimosas” proved that Cherub is more than a novelty act. The tipsy dismissal of detractors filled dance floors around the world in 2014. With Frenship.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. $23 in advance.

Elle King

Friday, Oct. 28, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The headliner never stood a chance when Elle King opened a concert for serene singer/songwriter Vance Joy at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland eight months ago. No one who witnessed the combustible roots-rock artist from Los Angeles steal the show from Joy is surprised that King is returning to the venue as the main attraction. Brimming with fearless swagger, King combines country, R&B and punk with impetuous gusto. With Paul Cauthen.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $28 in advance.

Joyce Manor

Friday, Oct. 28, at the Granada

Obsessive fans of Weezer are a notoriously fussy lot prone to bickering over the relative quality of the band’s output. They’d be better served by setting aside their differences to enjoy the bracing pop-punk of Joyce Manor. The best moments of the California group’s new album, “Cody,” rival Weezer’s best work. Ingenious songs like “Fake I.D.” and “Do You Really Want to Not Get Better?” have made Joyce Manor one of the breakout bands of 2016. With Hotelier and Crying.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $15 in advance.

Margo Price

Friday, Oct. 28, at Knuckleheads

A striking detail of the backstory of Margo Price’s debut album, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” — she and her husband pawned her wedding ring to fund the project — tends to get more attention than the impressive quality of the release. Although it’s filled with conventional country tropes like alcohol abuse and malaise stemming from the workingman’s blues, “Midwest Farmer’s Daughter” reveals that Price possesses the sharp wit and steely resolve associated with country icons like Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn. With Darren Bradbury.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $15 in advance.

Freight Train Rabbit Killer and Berwanger

Friday, Oct. 28, at RecordBar

Friday’s intriguing double bill at RecordBar is a release party for a comic book created by members of Freight Train Rabbit Killer and for Berwanger’s “Exorcism Rock” album. The new collection of power-pop songs by a band led by Josh Berwanger will be available on CD and colored vinyl. Freight Train Rabbit Killer, the costumed duo of Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer, will be joined by more than 12 musicians in a “one-time theatrical performance” to proclaim the publication of a self-titled comic book.

10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $10 in advance.

Gingger Shankar

Saturday, Oct. 29, at Polsky Theatre

Gingger Shankar is part of a musical dynasty. In addition to being a distant relative of sitar master Ravi Shankar, she’s the daughter of L. Subramaniam, a violinist whose collaborations with pop, jazz and classical artists introduced Indian music to millions of people. Alarmed that the artistry of her mother and grandmother is less known, Shankar will screen a short film about the “unsung story of the women from India’s first family of music” before she performs her innovative sounds on Saturday.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Polsky Theatre. 913-469-8500. $25 in advance.

Tech N9ne

Sunday, Oct. 30, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The recent hysteria about creepy clowns lurking in unsuitable locations has people on edge. The panic plays directly into the wheelhouse of Tech N9ne, the Kansas City rapper who has long referred to himself as the Killer Clown. The chorus of his 2002 anthem “Imma Tell” insists that “this is the town where the clowns put it down.” Bedecked in face paint, Tech N9ne will provide plenty of chills and thrills on the eve of Halloween. With Krizz Kaliko, JL, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru.

8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $33 in advance.


Monday, Oct. 31, at the Tank Room

The contest for the best pop-punk song of 2016 was over almost before it began. When “Keep On Keepin’ On,” the debut single from Bleached’s new album, “Welcome the Worms,” was unveiled in January, the effervescent song set the bar for the year. It has yet to be topped. Suffused with surf guitar and resilient lyrics, “Keep On Keepin’ On” is an instant classic from the California band led by sisters Jennifer and Jessie Clavin. With Beach Slang and Hunny.

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31. Tank Room. 816-214-6403. $16 in advance.

Sturgill Simpson

Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Cynics might suggest that the unlikely popularity of Sturgill Simpson is attributable to pent-up demand for country music with emotional and intellectual depth. Yet the rugged individualist from Kentucky is more than an expedient alternative to bro country artists like Luke Bryan. It takes a lot of talent to make weirdness palatable. Simpson’s soulful voice evokes Waylon Jennings, and even his most outlandish wordplay is complemented by bewitching melodies.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets to the sold-out concert were $30 in advance.

Laura Burhenn

Tuesday, Nov. 1, at RecordBar

Mumford & Sons’ appearance at RecordBar in 2010 has become an ingrained component of Kansas City music lore. What’s less remembered is that the British superstars were almost overshadowed that night by the Mynabirds. The performance by the indie-rock group from Omaha led by Laura Burhenn was surpassingly compelling. Burhenn has embarked on a solo tour with William Fitzsimmons, a singer/songwriter from Springfield, Ill. The format will allow fans to luxuriate in Burhenn’s rich voice and captivating lyrics.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.

Lil Uzi Vert

Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Uptown Theater

Lil Uzi Vert is a prominent representative of a new wave of ahistorical hip-hop stars who lack allegiances to previous generations of rappers. With clipped lyrics that resemble the brief phrases associated with social media hashtags, Lil Uzi Vert mumbles about his ostensible wealth and sexual prowess in hits like “Money Longer” and “You Was Right.” The nonchalant approach of the Philadelphia rapper is castigated by hip-hop traditionalists, a conflict reflected by the title of the recent mixtape “Lil Uzi vs. the World.”

8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $35 in advance.