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This weekend’s best live music: The Wailers, Lil Wayne, Dave Mason and Halfway to Winfield

Broods
Sunday, March 15, at the Midland
An impressive set of singles made New Zealand siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott one of the primary exponents of moody laptop-pop in 2014. The duo’s bleeps, gurgles and sighs are among the catchiest sounds in the booming genre. With Mikky Ekko.
Tickets are $9.65 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Broods Sunday, March 15, at the Midland An impressive set of singles made New Zealand siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott one of the primary exponents of moody laptop-pop in 2014. The duo’s bleeps, gurgles and sighs are among the catchiest sounds in the booming genre. With Mikky Ekko. Tickets are $9.65 in advance through midlandkc.com. Stephen Tilley

The Wailers and Rusted Root

Friday, March 13, at the Uptown Theater

A pair of complementary bands of survivors have joined forces for a national tour. Led by bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, reggae legends the Wailers were once Bob Marley’s accompanists. Pittsburgh’s Rusted Root scored a hit in 1995 with the jubilant “Send Me on My Way.” With Adam Ezra.

Tickets range from $25 to $55 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

The Bad News Boys

Friday, March 13, at the Riot Room

The duo formerly known as King Khan & the BBQ Show refer to themselves as “rock ’n’ roll’s savior renegade angels.” King Khan and Mark Sultan make up one of the world’s most combustible garage-rock revivalist ensembles. With Milk Lines and the Josh Berwanger Band.

Tickets are $15 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Dave Mason

Friday, March 13, at the VooDoo

The “Traffic Jam” concerts overseen by rock ’n’ roll veteran Dave Mason, 68, feature spacey 1960s favorites Mason created with Traffic such as “Feelin’ Alright?” and groovy solo hits like “Only You Know and I Know.”

Tickets range from $28 to $43 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Lil Wayne

Friday, March 13, at Blvd Nights

It’s unclear if Lil Wayne will perform or simply mingle with fans at Blvd Nights on Friday. The undisputed king of hip-hop a few years ago, Weezy is in a commercial and artistic rut that’s complicated by a nasty dispute with a record label. With DJ Mike Scott, DJ Hike and NEMO.

Tickets range from $45 to $100 in advance through youngmoney.com.

Drakkar Sauna

Saturday, March 14, at MiniBar

The unassuming Lawrence-based duo Drakkar Sauna is one of the world’s most unique old-timey ensembles. The apocalyptic folk of Wallace Cochran and Jeff Stolz is delightfully odd. With Ruddy Swain and J. Ashley Miller.

Tickets are $5 in advance through minibarkc.com.

Halfway to Winfield

Saturday, March 14, at Knuckleheads

In addition to bluegrass traditionalists, Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kan., attracts wild-eyed rebels. Advocates of crazed bluegrass will begin the countdown to the September festival on Saturday. Loaded Goat is among the many ensembles slated to perform.

Tickets are $12 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

Bizarre

Sunday, March 15, at the Riot Room

People offended by Eminem’s off-color lyrics would likely be horrified by the output of Bizarre. Eminem’s band mate in the Detroit rap collective D12, Bizarre glorifies the most unseemly elements of hip-hop. Additional performers include Jackie Chain and Scoob Vercetti.

Tickets are $15 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Broods

Sunday, March 15, at the Midland

An impressive set of singles made New Zealand siblings Georgia and Caleb Nott one of the primary exponents of moody laptop-pop in 2014. The duo’s bleeps, gurgles and sighs are among the catchiest sounds in the booming genre. With Mikky Ekko.

Tickets are $9.65 in advance through midlandkc.com.

The Colourist

Sunday, March 15, at the RecordBar

The Colourist makes pure, unadulterated pop. Anyone who’s not embarrassed to admit an affection for sugary songs like Haim’s “The Wire” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” is bound to fall in love with the Southern California band. With Is Paris Burning.

Tickets are $10 in advance through therecordbar.com.

The Reverend Horton Heat

Sunday, March 15, at Knuckleheads

“It’s a psychobilly freakout!” Those four words are capable of sending fans of the Reverend Horton Heat into a deranged dance frenzy. The band led by the manic Texas rockabilly star tops an exceptionally promising triple bill. With Ha Ha Tonka and Red Elvises.

Tickets are $20 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

Communion Club Night

Sunday, March 15, at the Tank Room

Kansas City is one of nine cities to host a monthly Communion Club Night series. Designed as a new music discovery platform, this month’s showcase features Chicago’s Filligar, Louisville’s the Pass, Denver’s Brolly and Kansas City’s Modern Friend.

Tickets are $8 in advance through communionmusic.com.

Slum Village and Pete Rock

Monday, March 16, at the Riot Room

Two acts with deep roots in hip-hop history are touring together. Detroit’s Slum Village was immortalized by the contributions of the late producer J Dilla. Along with his collaborator CL Smooth, Pete Rock scored a 1992 hit in “They Reminisce Over You.” Hanif is among the additional performers.

Tickets are $20 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Jazmine Sullivan

Tuesday, March 17, at the Midland

Jazmine Sullivan is a left-of-center artist who consistently defies convention. Beginning with her reggae-suffused debut single “Need U Bad” in 2008, Sullivan’s fascinating career continues to be characterized by bold choices. With Jordan Bratton.

Tickets are $35 in advance through midlandkc.com.

Compiled by Bill Brownlee, Special to The Kansas City Star

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