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KC concerts April 26-May 2: Vance Joy, Patty Griffin, Jessie Ware, Chicano Batman

Vance Joy will perform Friday, April 27, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.
Vance Joy will perform Friday, April 27, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.

Chicano Batman

Thursday, April 26, at the Madrid Theatre

Chicano Batman is a backward-looking band with a twist. Rather than aping a specific act or style, the quartet plays what sounds like a delirious mashup of every psychedelic rock, Tropicália and R&B song released in 1972. The Los Angeles group simultaneously evokes the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” Caetano Veloso’s “You Don’t Know Me” and T. Rex’s “Telegram Sam” on its three albums. The experiment results in a nostalgic music that seems entirely new. With Amasa Hines.

8 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. Tickets are $18-$36 through


Thursday, April 26, at Kanza Hall

On “Long Live Tonight,” a jubilant song on Lanco’s debut album, vocalist Brandon Lancaster pledges that “we’ll ask the DJ to play every song from the nineties.” Based on the freewheeling sound of the recent release, his requests might include songs by rocker Tom Petty, country icon George Strait and pop crossover artist Shania Twain. The eclectic project indicates that the Nashville-based band plays music for people who are too busy having fun to worry about genre restrictions.

8 p.m. Thursday, April 26. Kanza Hall. 913-451-0444. Tickets are $15-$40 through


Thursday, April 26, at RecordBar

While spring officially began in March, indie-rock fans in Kansas City may consider Alvvays’ appearance at RecordBar as the true harbinger of the season. The sunny jangle of the Toronto group’s songs is the sonic equivalent of the scent of blooming flowers and fresh-cut lawns. The winsome vocals of Molly Rankin on Alvvays’ melodic gems like “Plimsoll Punks” and “Archie, Marry Me” are as satisfying as Popsicles on warm spring evenings. With Frankie Rose.

8 p.m. Thursday, April 26. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $15 through

Vance Joy

Friday, April 27, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Vance Joy was greeted like Ed Sheeran’s fetching older brother when he performed for a capacity audience at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in 2016. Delirious admirers attempted to make eye contact with the folk-rock troubadour as they sang along with his smoldering songs. The Australian will be armed with a passel of new melodies from his “Nation of Two” album when he returns to the venue on Friday. With Lovelytheband.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $49.50-$54.50 through

Jessie Ware

Friday, April 27, at the Madrid Theatre

The restraint demonstrated by Adele can make the star crooner seem remote. While Jessie Ware doesn’t possess Adele’s ethereal voice, the emotional immediacy of her similar form of adult pop causes Ware to resemble a tougher version of the British woman behind hits like “Rolling in the Deep.” Adele often seems otherworldly, but Ware directly addresses the sensual component of romance on songs including “Meet Me in the Middle,” a sultry selection from the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack. With Albin Lee Meldau.

8 p.m. Friday, April 27. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. Tickets are $25-$39.50 through

YFN Lucci

Sunday, April 29, at the Granada

People who walk into YFN Lucci’s concert at the Granada on Sunday without knowing any of the Atlanta rapper’s songs can easily fake fandom. The man born Rayshawn Lamar Bennett in 1991 tends to exclaim “yeah” after delivering each line, making rapping along with his catchphrase a breeze. Bennett is performing party songs like “Everyday We Lit” and grittier material such as “Key to the Streets” on the Ray Ray From Summerhill Tour. With Q Money, YFN Kay, YFN Trae Pound, FatBoySSE and AyEl.

8 p.m. Sunday, April 29. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $25 through

Patty Griffin

Wednesday, May 2, at Liberty Hall

Loquacious people are advised to skip Patty Griffin’s current tour. The singer/songwriter and her guitarist David Pulkingham are playing in an acoustic format that will create an inhospitable environment for fans who have a hard time keeping quiet. Griffin’s work merits reverent silence. Celebrated for her socially conscious compositions like “Up to the Mountain,” Griffin is also admired by Nashville insiders who know that her songs have been covered by the likes of the Dixie Chicks and Miranda Lambert. With Ahi.

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $24.50-$32.50 through


Wednesday, May 2, at the Riot Room

In a dramatic contrast from the frontmen of punk bands who patrol the stage with furious menace, Jack Grisham of T.S.O.L. smiles at fans with the amused beneficence of a monarch surveying his kingdom. His placid stage presence belies the rage of classic T.S.O.L. songs like “Abolish Government” and “Property Is Theft.” Although it formed in Southern California 40 years ago, T.S.O.L. remains a well-preserved first-wave punk institution. With Drop a Grand and DJ Johnny2tone.

8 p.m. Wednesday, May 2. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $17 through