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KC concerts April 5-11: North Mississippi Allstars, Danielle Nicole, Phoebe Bridgers

Danielle Nicole performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Knuckleheads.
Danielle Nicole performs at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Knuckleheads.

Pale Waves

Thursday, April 5, at RecordBar

Pale Waves is one of the bands that benefited most from an appearance at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, last month. The quartet from Manchester, England, impressed bleary audiences and received lavish praise from tastemakers. NPR Music suggested that “Heavenly,” a single that evokes the 1980s melodic new wave of bands like the Human League, “is as gorgeous as it is infectious.” The Nashville Scene lauded Pale Waves’ “upbeat sadness.” Pale Waves is capitalizing on the momentum with a tour of North America. With Inheaven.

8 p.m. Thursday, April 5. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $9.65 through

North Mississippi Allstars

Friday, April 6, at Knuckleheads

North Mississippi Allstars have been reliable purveyors of conventional blues shuffles for 20 years. Brothers Cody and Luther Dickinson know precisely how to reassure traditionalists with vibrant versions of standards like “Sitting on Top of the World.” The startling new release “BDM Blues Dance Music” is likely to alarm many of the duo’s fans. The sound the brothers explore on the EP is more closely associated with glitzy nightclubs than rustic roadhouses. Friday’s show promises to be an intoxicating blend of old and new sounds.

8:30 p.m. Friday, April 6. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $22.50-$32.50 through

Julien Baker

Friday, April 6, at the Granada

Pity Julien Baker. The 22-year-old musician has had so much praise heaped upon her that she’s likely to feel burdened by lofty expectations. Indie-rock fans have charged the Memphis native with restoring vitality to a moribund genre. Critics have suggested that she’s the form’s next superstar in breathless appreciations of her two albums. The forecasts are a millstone for a reticent artist who specializes in subtle songs that often resemble hushed tone poems. With Tancred.

8 p.m. Friday, April 6. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $18 through

Buzz Homegrown Music Showcase

Saturday, April 7, in the Power & Light District

The Buzz Homegrown Music Showcase, sponsored by radio station 96.5 the Buzz, is an annual exhibition for a cavalcade of locally based musicians. Hembree, a slick indie-pop band that has received a big boost through its selection in NPR’s Slingshot artist incubator program, is the most established act on the bill. Other participants performing on multiple stages include folk-inflected trio Olivia Fox, stalwart rock band the Noise FM and soulful ensemble Brandon Phillips and the Condition.

1 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Power & Light District. 816-842-1045. The cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Danielle Nicole

Saturday, April 7, at Knuckleheads

Blues and soul vocalists tend to improve as they age. Bettye LaVette is among the artists who became increasingly believable as she matured. Danielle Nicole Schnebelen appears to be following in her footsteps. As the frontwoman of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, she had a crowd-pleasing tendency to roar with ferocious passion. Schnebelen delivers “Cry No More,” the title track of her impressive new album, with commendable restraint. She’ll demonstrate her new approach at Saturday’s album release show.

8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Face value of tickets to the sold-out show were $15 through

Durand Jones & the Indications

Sunday, April 8, at RecordBar

Durand Jones & the Indications recently issued a new version of their 2016 debut album that includes 10 live tracks. The supplemental selections demonstrate that the band is capable of transporting audiences into an old-fashioned soul revival straight out of 1965. On invigorating tracks like “Can’t Keep My Cool,” the Indiana-based band shows that it’s the equal of better known soul revivalists like Lee Fields & the Expressions and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears.

8 p.m. Sunday, April 8. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $12 through

Phoebe Bridgers

Monday, April 9, at RecordBar

The Eagles performed at the Sprint Center in March. Jackson Browne returns to the Music Hall in June. Yet the most promising concert of the year for aficionados of the Southern California singer/songwriter sound of the 1970s may be Phoebe Bridgers’ appearance at RecordBar on Monday. The young singer/songwriter from Los Angeles works in the Laurel Canyon tradition of those esteemed stars. Her 2017 debut album, “Stranger in the Alps,” signaled the arrival of a major new voice.

8 p.m. Monday, April 9. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $10 through

Erika Wennerstrom

Wednesday, April 11, at Knuckleheads

Heartless Bastards was one of the most exciting live acts of the previous decade. The hard-touring band from Cincinnati rose above the limitations of roots-rock by playing a form of 21st century blues that was louder, tougher and grander than the output of less imaginative peers. Erika Wennerstrom, the primary artistic force of the band, recently released a solo album that possesses similarly gravity-defying guitar jams and emphatic vocals. With Chris Meck & the Guilty Birds.

8 p.m. Wednesday, April 11. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $15 through