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This weekend’s best music: Iron & Wine, Death Cab for Cutie, Rittz and Sleater-Kinney

Iron & Wine

Thursday, April 23, at the Uptown Theater

The flagship show of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest features an exquisitely curated lineup of four complementary folk-based acts. Headliner Iron & Wine is partly responsible for kick-starting the current folk resurgence. With Strand of Oaks, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear and Sean Rowe.

Tickets are $45 in advance through Four-day passes to the festival are $75.

Death Cab for Cutie

Thursday, April 23, at the Midland

The preferred band of millions of sensitive and thoughtful indie-rock fans, Death Cab for Cutie has been issuing carefully measured music since 1998. The studious Washingtonians are touring in support of “Kintsugi,” the band’s eighth studio album. With Say Hi.

Tickets to the sold-out show were priced at $35 and $40. Details are available at

Michael Martin Murphey

Thursday, April 23, at Knuckleheads

Best known for the 1975 soft-rock hit “Wildfire,” an ode to a mysterious woman and her beloved horse, Michael Martin Murphey has since retooled his career. Murphey now fashions himself as a singing cowboy. He’s likely to focus on songs about the American West during Thursday’s concert.

Tickets are $24.50 in advance through


Thursday, April 23, at Aftershock

An affiliate of Kansas City’s Strange Music, the Georgia based Rittz shares Tech N9ne’s talent for speed-rapping. By straddling the divide between hip-hop’s mainstream and more adventurous underground sounds, Rittz pleases constituents of both styles. With Kxng Crooked and Horseshoe Gang.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Brand New

Friday, April 24, at the Midland

Brand New released its first song in six years earlier this month. One of the most significant emo-rock bands, Brand New’s sporadic activity in recent years has frustrated fans. A lot of pent-up devotion will be released during Friday’s sold-out concert. With Circa Survive and the Weaks.

Tickets to the sold-out show were priced at $30 and $32.50. Details are available at


Saturday, April 25, at Crossroads KC

Saturday’s sold-out show at Crossroads KC marks the unofficial start of the outdoor summer concert season in Kansas City. Needtobreathe is a pleasant ensemble with strong followings among Christian rock, folk-rock and alternative country fans. With Ben Rector, Drew Holcomb and Colony House.

Tickets to the sold-out show ranged in price from $31 to $76. Details are available at


Sunday, April 26, at the Uptown Theater

Perhaps partly motivated to reunite by the distressing notion that an entire generation knows Carrie Brownstein as a comedic actress rather than as a member of a seminal riot grrrl trio, the magnificent punk band Sleater-Kinney has reunited. With Thee Satisfaction.

Tickets are $27.50 and $39.50 in advance through

Dirty Heads

Monday, April 27, at the Granada

Once a music of rebellion, reggae has become the party music of choice for millions of young celebrators. The late Bob Marley may not have approved of the ways in which California’s Dirty Heads apply the Jamaican sound to breezy songs about carousing. With ¡Mayday!

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Neutral Milk Hotel

Tuesday, April 28, at Liberty Hall

It’s been feast or famine for longtime fans of Neutral Milk Hotel. Soon after releasing the acclaimed “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” album in 1998, the collective led by Jeff Mangum ceased activity for a decade. Since resuming touring, Mangum has made regular appearances in the area. With Circulatory System.

Tickets to the sold-out show were priced at $34 and $38. Details are available at

Rhiannon Giddens

Wednesday, April 29, at Liberty Hall

After impressing folk music fans as a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens recently expanded her audience by collaborating with stars including Marcus Mumford and Elvis Costello on the “Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes” sessions. With Bhi Bhiman.

Tickets are $24 and $25 in advance through