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KC concerts Jan. 12-18: Barenaked Ladies, Liza Anne, the Abnorm, Isaiah Rashad

Barenaked Ladies will perform Friday, Jan. 13, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.
Barenaked Ladies will perform Friday, Jan. 13, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Special to The Star


Thursday, Jan. 12, at the VooDoo

“Tru,” an EP released by Lloyd last month, reflects the prestige the pliable R&B vocalist still possesses several years after he last topped the charts. Heavy-hitters Lil Wayne, Rick Ross and 2 Chainz collaborated with Lloyd on the project, an indication that his flagging career may be revived in 2017. An R&B singer with a hip-hop sensibility, Lloyd will make fans swoon at a concert that’s billed as a “Ladies Night.” With J. Holiday.

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The VooDoo. 816-472-7777. The VooDoo. $38.50-$69.50 in advance.

Hilary Scott

Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads

Longtime Missouri resident Hilary Scott, who recently relocated to Seattle, focuses on a rustic form of country-steeped music. Scott’s beguiling cover of Nicolette Larson’s 1978 pop hit “Lotta Love” is a highlight of her 10th album, “Freight Train Love,” a recording that also touches on pop, folk and blues. With Brandon Estelle.

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. The Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $10 in advance.

Casey Donahew Band

Thursday, Jan. 12, at the Uptown Theater

With a hard-charging red dirt country sound forged in rowdy roadhouses, Casey Donahew is following the rugged path to mainstream country success that was blazed by the likes of his fellow Texans, including Pat Green and Randy Rogers. Donahew specialized in regional anthems like “Stockyards” early in his career. His new album, “All Night Party,” contains much slicker songs about beer, trucks and wild throw-downs at the ends of dirt roads. With Mike Ryan and Stoney LaRue.

8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $25 in advance.


Friday, Jan. 13, at Mosaic

Borgeous, the stage name of Miami native John James Borger Jr., is a swashbuckling dance music producer. He hosts a weekly show on the SiriusXM satellite radio network, creates popular remixes of pop and indie-rock songs and has topped charts around the world with original songs like “Tsunami.” Friday’s show will be an early highlight of 2017 for fans of pop acts like the Chainsmokers and for dedicated aficionados of EDM. With Riggi & Piros and Eric Coomes.

9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Mosaic. 816-679-0076. $20 in advance.

Barenaked Ladies

Friday, Jan. 13, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

More than 5,000 fans of the wry Canadian band Barenaked Ladies heard the group prove that it’s only getting better with age when it headlined a concert at Starlight Theatre last year. Barenaked Ladies’ impressive durability and catalog of beloved hits, which include the word-drunk novelty “One Week” and the heartbroken rocker “The Old Apartment,” should attract a capacity audience to the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland for Friday’s benefit concert for the Susan G. Komen breast cancer organization.

8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $38.50-$125 in advance.

Sam Burchfield

Friday, Jan. 13, at the Uptown Theater

Sam Burchfield’s plaintive folk song “Doctor” depicts a patient’s infatuation with a caregiver. The singer/songwriter from Atlanta is likely to find a lot to love about the organizers of Friday’s benefit concert for the JayDoc Free Clinic, a program administered by medical students at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Burchfield, the headliner of the 12th edition of the annual fundraising concert, crafts gentle songs in the vein of Ray LaMontagne and Amos Lee. With Barnaby Bright.

7:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $15 in advance.

The Abnorm

Saturday, Jan. 14, at RecordBar

Sound Machine, a monthly event overseen by Kansas City label the Record Machine, is veering out of its normal lane on Saturday. Rather than featuring indie-rock, the fourth edition of Sound Machine presents a lively evening of rap and hip-hop artists from Kansas City, Lawrence and St. Louis. The Abnorm, a gifted rapper who is alternately searing and funny, tops the bill. With Illphonics, Lincoln Marshall, AZP and Smitty the Kid.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $8 in advance.

Liza Anne

Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Tank Room

Liza Anne’s admirers might be tempted to hold their breaths throughout the tranquil singer/songwriter’s appearance at the Tank Room on Saturday. The exquisitely frail songs of the captivating artist sound as if even the slightest murmur might break their hypnotic spells. Nashville-based Liza Anne evokes Nick Drake and Bon Iver, an ethereal approach that might be better suited for a secluded sanctuary than a popular tavern in the Crossroads Arts District. With Jessica Paige.

8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. Tank Room. 816-214-6403. $10 in advance.

Ultimate Fakebook

Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Bottleneck

A 6-year-old boy named Dagan has inspired the reunions of two of the region’s most beloved pop-punk bands. The members of Ultimate Fakebook and Dead Girls are suspending their hiatuses to raise funds to assist Dagan’s parents with the costs associated with their child’s diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The chance to hear performances of bracing Ultimate Fakebook songs like “Far, Far Away” from the band’s cherished 1997 debut album is a rare treat for pop-punk purists. With Dead Girls, Gnarly Davidson, the Sluts, Creature Comforts, Matt & Lily Pryor, and Arthur Dodge.

6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. The Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. $10 suggested donation at the door.


Sunday, Jan. 15, at the Granada

Atmosphere is one of the funniest, smartest and most irascible acts in hip-hop history. Beginning in 1997 with the churlish statement of purpose “Overcast!,” the Minnesota-based duo of Anthony “Ant” Davis and Sean “Slug” Daley has given voice to disaffected fans of underground hip-hop for 20 years. Classic songs like “God Loves Ugly” have made Ant and Slug the patron saints of people who appreciate hearing their concerns and grievances articulated in rhyme. With Brother Ali, Dem Atlas, Plain Ole Bill and Last Word.

8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $25 in advance.

Kane Brown

Monday, Jan. 16, at the Granada

Kane Brown sounds entirely comfortable spouting tiresome country cliches — he sings that he’s partying “in a tank top, gonna let the guns out, all about rockin’ that farmer’s tan” on “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” — but his rich voice places him a cut above most of the other bro-country hit-makers. The resonant low notes the Georgian hits on his 2015 breakout hit “Used to Love You Sober” suggest that Brown possesses an uncommon talent that bodes well for his long-term prospects. With Jordan Rager.

8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16. The Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets to the sold-out show were $15 in advance.

Isaiah Rashad

Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Granada

Isaiah Rashad is one of only nine artists signed to the prestigious Top Dawg Entertainment record label. Partly because he’s a label mate of Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q, Rashad is widely viewed as one of hip-hop’s most important new voices. The Tennessee native is touring in support of his acclaimed album “The Sun’s Tirade,” a harrowing project that a critic for Pitchfork suggested is “a moving triumph to facing your demons and coming out on the other side one step closer to whole.” With Lance Skiiiwalker and Jay IDK.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $15 in advance.