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The weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Matt and Kim, and Alejandro Escovedo

Matt and Kim will perform at The Midland on March 28.
Matt and Kim will perform at The Midland on March 28. Matt Miller

Matt and Kim

Thursday, May 7, at KC Live!

The most adorable rock ’n’ roll couple since Sonny & Cher, Matt and Kim create deliriously lightweight music. The duo’s 2008 breakout hit “Daylight” and the current smash “Let’s Go” are irresistibly ecstatic earworms. With Meg Myers and Kitten.

Tickets are $25 in advance through


Thursday, May 7, at the RecordBar

Perfectly aligned with the zeitgeist of the moment, Norwegian band Waters synthesizes the modern folk of Vance Joy, the electronic pop of Young the Giant and the slight hint of edginess associated with Imagine Dragons. With She’s a Keeper.

Tickets are $9.65 in advance through


Friday, May 8, at Crossroads KC

Daft Punk is so popular that tribute acts dedicated to the French band have become a cottage industry. Fans of electronic pop might be better served by attending Cherub’s concerts. The duo from Nashville create similarly bouncy dance music. With Mystery Skulls and ForteBowie.

Tickets range from $21.50 to $61.50 in advance through

Alejandro Escovedo

Saturday, May 9, at the Garage at Knuckleheads

Few touring musicians have a more devoted coterie of fans in the Kansas City area than veteran rocker Alejandro Escovedo. Much like the late Lou Reed, the Texan successfully combines the spirit of punk with artfully eloquent songs.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Brett Eldredge

Saturday, May 9, at KC Live!

The enormous neon cowboy and cowgirls that loom over the central courtyard of the Power & Light District will provide apt illumination during Saturday’s Downtown Hoedown. Brett Eldredge, the country star behind the 2014 hit “Mean to Me,” headlines the concert. With Travis Martin.

Details about the free show are available at

KKFI Spring Dance

Saturday, May 9, at the Tank Room

Saturday’s benefit concert for community radio station KKFI is a miniature festival. The eclectic big band My Brothers & Sisters and country traditionalists the Starhaven Rounders are among the locally based ensembles that will perform on indoor and outdoor stages.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

John Moreland

Sunday, May 10, at Prospero’s Books

The breakout act of the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City a few months ago, Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter John Moreland stunned listeners in a series of showcases and informal jam sessions. With the Hardship Letters.

Tickets are $15 in advance at Prospero’s Books. Details are available at Prospero’s Facebook page.

The Lone Bellow

Tuesday, May 12, at the Bottleneck

One of the best country-based bands that will probably never be heard on contemporary country radio stations, the Lone Bellow creates twangy but thoughtful music. The Brooklyn-based trio is touring in support of its lovely new album, “Then Came the Morning.”

Tickets are $16 in advance through

San Fermin

Wednesday, May 13, at the RecordBar

The lush chamber-pop of San Fermin seems better suited to formal concert halls than rock venues. The Brooklyn-based collective’s horn section and complex vocal arrangements will imbue the RecordBar with sophisticated beauty. With Natalie Prass.

Tickets are $13 in advance through

Action Bronson

Wednesday, May 13, at Liberty Hall

Action Bronson is a comedic rapper in the tradition of Biz Markie and the Beastie Boys. He’s funny but dangerous. Enthusiastic fans are advised to remain in the audience at Liberty Hall on Wednesday. The burly New Yorker has a history of flattening misguided stage crashers.

Tickets are $26.50 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Kansas City Star