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KC gigs week of Nov. 10: Davy Knowles, Sabrina Carpenter, Steven Wilson

Alejandro Escovedo will perform Saturday, Nov. 12, at Knuckleheads.
Alejandro Escovedo will perform Saturday, Nov. 12, at Knuckleheads. .

The Tambourine Club

Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Replay Lounge

Kazoos are underrated. The Tambourine Club makes outstanding use of the simple instrument on “Whistle,” a lilting song that’s vaguely reminiscent of the Small Faces’ hippie-era hit “Itchycoo Park.” A few of the nine additional tracks on the Kansas City quartet’s endearing new album, “Chameleon,” reference slightly more contemporary sounds. “Fields of Green” evokes the wistful charm of under-recognized 1980s bands like Orange Juice. With Rev Gusto and La Guerre.

10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Replay Lounge. 785-749-7676. The cover charge is $3.

Davy Knowles

Thursday, Nov. 10, at Knuckleheads

A symbolic passing of the torch took place at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in 2013.

As the youngest featured musician in a showcase that included guitar heroes B.B. King, Peter Frampton and Sonny Landreth, Davy Knowles was unofficially anointed as the keeper of the blues-rock flame. Now 29, the British-born guitarist works in the burly tradition of his hard-hitting predecessors like Rory Gallagher, Steve Marriott and Gary Moore. With the Nick Schnebelen Band.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $12 in advance.

Sabrina Carpenter

Thursday, Nov. 10, at RecordBar

The latest teen pop star is literally straight out of central casting. Sabrina Carpenter, a fledgling vocalist in the tradition of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Selena Gomez, entered the music world by first establishing herself as a child actor. Carpenter, 17, plays Maya Hart in the Disney Channel series “Girl Meets World.” Teen-oriented pop songs like “On Purpose” on Carpenter’s new album, “Evolution,” balance wholesome concerns with more sensual sentiments. With Citizen Four.

7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $18 in advance.


Friday, Nov. 11, at Mosaic

The duo of Ruben Den Boer and Victor Pool began crafting big beats as Vicetone in the Netherlands earlier this decade. Their aptly titled 2014 club anthem “United We Dance” reflects Vicetone’s inclusive, party-oriented sensibility. A critic for EDM Chicago suggested that a recent appearance by Vicetone was “relentless in its energy and pace.” Adept at making large festival crowds bounce, Vicetone will shake Mosaic with a blend of material by other beat-makers and original hits like “Bright Side.” With Eric Coomes.

9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Mosaic. 816-679-0076. $11 in advance.

Blue Öyster Cult

Saturday, Nov. 12, at the VooDoo at Harrah’s Casino

Blue Öyster Cult has endured a series of indignities in the Kansas City area in recent years. While performing at a suburban festival, a barbecue competition and as an opening act for more popular bands, the classic rock group has been openly mocked by pranksters who evoke Will Ferrell’s “more cowbell” skit, which aired on an episode of “Saturday Night Live” in 2000. Saturday’s headlining show at VooDoo should provide the band with a forum more befitting of its brooding hits.

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. VooDoo at Harrah’s Casino. 816-472-7777. $33-$50 in advance.

Alejandro Escovedo

Saturday, Nov. 12, at Knuckleheads

Alejandro Escovedo is among a rarefied group of rock musicians who have managed to maintain their edges decades into their formidable careers. Like Mick Jagger and Neil Young, Escovedo is entirely vital in spite of being entitled to a senior citizen discount. The Texan is touring in support of the incendiary “Burn Something Beautiful,” his 12th studio album as a solo artist that was co-produced by Peter Buck of R.E.M. With Jesse Malin.

9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $20 in advance.


Saturday, Nov. 12, at RecordBar

The most startling aspect of Lucius’ return to Kansas City on Saturday is that the polished indie-pop band from Brooklyn is performing at RecordBar rather than at a much larger venue. Lucius headlined a free show at the spacious Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in February. The failure of the group’s effervescent single “Born Again Teen” to become a massive hit is one of the most confounding mysteries of 2016. With Cactus Blossoms.

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $20 in advance.

John McCutcheon

Saturday, Nov. 12, at National World War I Museum

Modern-day troubadour John McCutcheon is an iconic figure in the folk community. A socially conscious storyteller and dazzling multi-instrumentalist, the Wisconsin native has a special affinity for Kansas: He has long been a fixture at the bluegrass festival in Winfield. “Welcome the Traveler Home: The Winfield Songs,” one of his 37 albums, was inspired by his experiences at the annual event. McCutcheon’s Veterans Day weekend concert will include a rendition of his classic composition “Christmas in the Trenches.”

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12. National World War I Museum. 816-888-8100. $25 in advance.

Steven Wilson

Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Folly Theater

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd will perform at the Sprint Center next May, but admirers of mind-blowing progressive rock can satisfy their craving at the Folly Theater on Sunday. With his stellar band Porcupine Tree and as a solo artist, Steven Wilson is responsible for the most consequential prog-rock of the last 25 years. By adding contemporary elements to the grandiosity of bands like Pink Floyd, Wilson has carefully nurtured a form that’s often viewed as a relic of a bygone era. With Bruce Soord.

7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. $30-$35 in advance.

Mr. Little Jeans

Monday, Nov. 14, at the Riot Room

These are the best of times for fans of dreamy, beat-oriented indie-pop sung by women. The burgeoning form shows no sign of ebbing. The biggest names in the crowded field — Purity Ring, Chvrches, Chairlift and Phantogram among them — may soon need to make room for Mr. Little Jeans. The project overseen by Norwegian native Monica Birkenes tends to be a bit more complex and menacing than the output of her like-minded peers. With Trace.

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $15 in advance.

Calvin Arsenia

Tuesday, Nov. 15, at RecordBar

Calvin Arsenia is one of the Kansas City music scene’s best-kept secrets. The low profile of the tall harpist and arty singer/songwriter may soon be a thing of the past. Arsenia will celebrate the release his first full-length album, “Catastrophe,” in grand fashion at RecordBar. The audacious spectacle features an elite band of Kansas City musicians, a stilt walker and plenty of glitter. Digital download codes for “Catastrophe” are included with the cover charge. With Jametatone and Shane Borth.

7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $20 in advance.