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KC concerts June 8-13: Punch Brothers, J. Cole, Glass Animals, NKTB, John Legend

Muse performs Monday, June 12, at Starlight Theatre.
Muse performs Monday, June 12, at Starlight Theatre. .

Eddie Money

Thursday, June 8, at Town Center Plaza

Eddie Money pledged that he was holding “two tickets to paradise” in a durable 1978 hit. Access to the seasoned rocker’s show on Thursday is far less exclusive. Money headlines the first free concert in the 2017 season of the Sunset Music Fest. After the raspy-voiced star revives time-tested hits like “Shakin’” on Thursday, the series will continue with the Spin Doctors (June 15), 10,000 Maniacs (June 22) and Better Than Ezra (June 29). With Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds.

7 p.m. Thursday, June 8. Town Center Plaza. 913-498-1111. Free.


Friday, June 9, at the Encore Room

Washington, D.C., has been a hotbed of punk since Bad Brains and Minor Threat added an American twist to the rebellious music more than 35 years ago. The proximity to power and the capital’s conspicuous wealth disparity inspire fearsomely indignant breakneck rock. Playing with a lumbering finesse that recalls the free-form psychedelic fury of Hüsker Dü, Give is a current standout of the Washington, D.C., punk scene. With Protestor, Spine, Altered Beast and Youth Pool.

7 p.m. Friday, June 9. Encore Room. 816-753-8665. The cover charge is $10.

Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Friday, June 9, at Crossroads KC

Elvis Costello’s “Imperial Bedroom” doesn’t contain the artist’s most popular songs, but the 1982 album may be his most cohesive work. Backed by an ensemble that includes his longtime keyboardist Steve Nieve and stalwart drummer Pete Thomas, the word-happy British artist is emphasizing classic compositions from the album on the Imperial Bedroom and Other Chambers Tour. The themes of songs like “Man Out of Time” and “Beyond Belief” are just as relevant today as they were 35 years ago. With Hembree.

8 p.m. Friday, June 9. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $40-$81.50 in advance.

Glass Animals

Saturday, June 10, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater

Suggesting that the musical lineage of Glass Animals follows a straight line that begins with Pink Floyd and crosses through Radiohead and alt-J is a slight oversimplification. Like the British countrymen who have inspired them, the four members of Glass Animals favor arty rock. Yet the band’s pop streak — an inclination reflected by the use of the phrase “peanut butter vibes” on the 2014 song “Gooey” — makes Glass Animals less broody than its forebearers. With Miike Snow, Broods and Lo Moon.

6 p.m. Saturday, June 10. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. $19.65-$45 in advance.

J. Cole

Sunday, June 11, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Is J. Cole corny? The question has inspired raging debates among hip-hop fans for almost 10 years. Detractors insist that his conversational flow and lyrics about everyday life are hokey. Yet millions of fans — including the nearly 3,000 who have claimed every ticket to Sunday’s concert — appreciate Cole’s willingness to rap on his four chart-topping albums about topics such as the pleasure he takes in doing domestic chores.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. The face value of tickets to the sold-out concert was $35.

Old Crow Medicine Show

Sunday, June 11, at the Uptown Theater

Old Crow Medicine Show is doubling down on nostalgia on its current tour. Already steeped in the old-timey American folk tradition that makes it sound like a sepia-toned photograph of banjo-wielding musicians come to life, Old Crow Medicine Show will perform a rowdy interpretation of Bob Dylan’s 1966 album “Blonde on Blonde” on Sunday. The Nashville group’s whimsical arrangements of songs like “Visions of Johanna” and “Absolutely Sweet Marie” make the old seem new again.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. $35 in advance.

Punch Brothers

Sunday, June 11, at Crossroads KC

Chris Thile has packed several careers into his 36 years. As a member of the influential group Nickel Creek, he was partly responsible for revitalizing progressive bluegrass when he was still a teenager. He became the host of NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion with Chris Thile” last year. Thile somehow still finds time for additional endeavors, including singing lead vocals and playing mandolin with the extremely refined chamber-folk quintet the Punch Brothers.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $25-$71.50 in advance.

Nick Waterhouse

Sunday, June 11, at RecordBar

Nick Waterhouse is attempting to separate himself from the scores of comparable young soul revivalists. The crowded field is topped by Leon Bridges. Waterhouse is battling the likes of Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears to secure a spot among the top tier of artists who pay homage to soul giants like James Brown. The Californian is succeeding. Vintage-sounding songs like “I Had Some Money (But I Spent It)” on Waterhouse’s 2016 album “Never Twice” equal the best work of his retro-minded rivals.

8 p.m. Sunday, June 11. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.

New Kids on the Block

Monday, June 12, at the Sprint Center

“Still Sounds Good to Me,” an exuberant song on New Kids on the Block’s 2017 EP “Thankful,” reflects the devotion of loyal fans of the former boy band: “music hits you hard and you couldn’t let go.” The dizzying sense of musical infatuation that many devotees felt when they first heard the group’s 1988 hit “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” will be thoroughly indulged on the Total Package Tour. With Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul.

7:30 p.m. Monday, June 12. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $29.95-$199.95 in advance.


Monday, June 12, at Starlight Theatre

No matter how winning Muse is at Starlight Theatre on Monday, the band’s definitive show in the Kansas City area is likely to remain its headlining appearance at the ill-fated Kanrocksas Music Festival in 2011. Muse’s maximalist songs including “Starfight” are ideally suited for large-scale settings like the immense grounds of the Kansas Speedway. “Dig,” the British band’s new single, expands Muse’s grandiose approach by incorporating elements of electronic dance music into its thunderous stadium rock. With Thirty Seconds to Mars and Pvris.

7 p.m. Monday, June 12. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $45-$99.50 in advance.

Thelma and the Sleaze

Monday, June 12, at the Riot Room

The women in the Nashville band Thelma and the Sleaze subvert the blatant sexism espoused by Southern rock bands of the 1970s. Citing groups like Black Oak Arkansas and ZZ Top as influences, Thelma and the Sleaze amusingly turn the tables on those bands’ most offensive inclinations with defiant barroom rock songs like “High Class Woman.” “Somebody’s Doin’ Somethin’,” the band’s first full-length album, was released by the trend-setting Burger Records label on June 1. With Birdcloud and Ex-Girlfriends.

8 p.m. Monday, June 12. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $12 in advance.

John Legend

Tuesday, June 13, at Starlight Theatre

After gracefully sidestepping the brightest lights of stardom for the past 15 years, Legend has finally elected to rightfully present himself as one of the biggest stars in popular music. The shift is befitting of a man who appeared in the 2016 film “La La Land” and has won 10 Grammy Awards. Legend’s exquisite hits like “Ordinary People” and “Love Me Now” exhibit the cultural grace and musical import that made Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson superstars. With Gallant.

7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $30-$130 in advance.