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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Alabama Shakes, Billy Joe Shaver, Emily Kinney and Tame Impala

Alabama Shakes will play Friday, May 29, at Starlight Theatre
Alabama Shakes will play Friday, May 29, at Starlight Theatre ATO Records/AP

Rae Sremmurd

Thursday, May 28, at the Uptown Theater

An asinine name — the Atlanta duo’s moniker is “drummers are” spelled backward — hasn’t prevented Rae Sremmurd from racking up a handful of infuriatingly rudimentary but undeniably catchy hits, including “No Type” and “No Flex Zone.”

Tickets are $23 in advance through

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

Thursday, May 28, at Town Center Plaza

One of the country’s most notable party bands opens the 2015 season of the Sunset Music Fest on Thursday. When he’s not exhibiting his extraordinary skills as a pedal steel guitarist, charismatic bandleader Robert Randolph likes to instigate outrageously elaborate displays of dancing.

Additional information about the free concert is available at

Cody Canada and the Departed

Thursday, May 28, at Knuckleheads

Almost five years after the dissolution of Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cody Canada is striving to attain a similar level of success with his new band, the Departed. The Texan is touring in support of the rowdy country album “HippieLovePunk.” With Uncle Lucius.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Alabama Shakes

Friday, May 29, at Starlight Theatre

The commercial success of the shockingly experimental second album “Sound & Color” has allowed Alabama Shakes to elude one-hit wonder status. Even the sonic gambles that distort Brittany Howard’s tremendous voice pay off. With Father John Misty.

Tickets are $35-$65 through

Billy Joe Shaver

Friday, May 29, at Knuckleheads

A health scare forced Shaver to cancel his headlining show at the Westport Roots Festival last year. The unfortunate incident reminded fans that the notoriously tough Shaver, 75, may not be immortal. He’ll reprise his classic songs like “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal” on Friday. With Ashleigh Flynn.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Nappy Roots

Saturday, May 30, at the Riot Room

Southern hip-hop group Nappy Roots is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a tour in support of the new album, “The 40 Akerz Project.” Nappy Roots’ socially conscious party songs are as relevant as ever. Grooms & Katie is among the opening acts.

Tickets are $10 in advance through


Saturday, May 30, at the RecordBar

“Sedona,” the lead track on Houndmouth’s new album, indicates that the Indiana band has finally achieved the sound it has been striving for since its inception in 2011. Houndmouth’s fusion of the styles of My Morning Jacket and the Everly Brothers is divine. With Clear Plastic Masks.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Tame Impala

Sunday, May 31, at the Uptown Theater

The Flaming Lips may need to step aside. Tame Impala has displaced the Oklahomans as the decade’s most popular psychedelic rock band. Advance tracks from the Australian ensemble’s next album indicate that Tame Impala has begun experimenting with electronic dance textures. With Kurona.

Tickets are $26 in advance through

Emily Kinney

Sunday, May 31, at the RecordBar

Before she landed the role of Beth Greene on “The Walking Dead,” Emily Kinney was also an aspiring singer/songwriter in the vein of Colbie Caillat. Kinney jokes about her role in the television series on her playful single “Rockstar.” With Dylan Gardner.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Juicy J

Monday, June 1, at the Granada

Film and music traditionalists are still outraged that “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” by Juicy J’s Three 6 Mafia received the Academy Award for best original song in 2006. The party rapper has continued to win. He has since appeared on a multitude of hits, including Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse.”

Tickets are $32 in advance through

Lindsey Stirling

Tuesday, June 2, at the Uptown Theater

Lindsey Stirling’s YouTube channel recently crossed the one billion view threshold. The self-made star’s vaguely New Age-ish instrumentals fall somewhere between the sound of a symphonic pops concert and the dubstep of Skrillex. With Karmin.

Tickets are $36.50 in advance through

Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox

Tuesday, June 2, at Crossroads KC

“I make music sound old.” Scott Bradlee’s Twitter bio encapsulates the premise of his novelty band Postmodern Jukebox. The ensemble recasts Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” as a number from a 1930s musical and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” as an absurd bluegrass song.

Tickets are $18.41 and $25.73 in advance through


Wednesday, June 3, at the Scene

Almost 40 years after its inception, the current version of the British quartet Girlschool still includes three original members. Initially viewed as the “little sisters” of Motörhead, Girlschool plays a pop-tinged version of heavy metal. With Crucified Barbara.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Kansas City Star