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This week’s best music in Kansas City: Damian and Stephen Marley, Dierks Bentley, Tech N9ne and Albert Hammond Jr.


Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Uptown Theater

Space-age bachelor pad music, a term applied to the inventive Eisenhower-era lounge music of Esquivel, also suits the sound of Ratatat. The instrumental rock band from New York creates soothing yet compelling soundscapes that are as catchy as commercial jingles.

Tickets are $25 in advance through


Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Bottleneck

Fidlar is a sordid band from Los Angeles that appears to be burning the punk rock candle at both ends. Songs like “40oz. on Repeat,” “Cocaine” and “Cheap Beer” capture the debauched travails of men reveling in the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle. With Dune Rats.

Tickets are $16 in advance through

Damian and Stephen Marley

Friday, Sept. 11, at Crossroads KC

Ziggy may be the most famous son of reggae icon Bob Marley, but he’s not necessarily the most talented member of his clan. Damian makes vital music while Stephen has a similarly creative streak. The siblings top Friday’s excellent reggae bill. With Morgan Heritage and Tarrus Riley.

Tickets range from $30.50 to $76 in advance through

Dierks Bentley

Saturday, Sept. 12, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

Dierks Bentley would be a country star even if he didn’t look like the supermodel brother of quarterback Tom Brady. His catchy songs, friendly voice and amiable personality could have transformed a homely man into a Nashville hitmaker. With Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae and Canaan Smith.

Tickets range from $30.50 to $184 in advance through

Crossroads Music Fest

Saturday, Sept. 12, at several venues

Almost three dozen locally based acts will perform on seven stages on Saturday. Participants include the dynamic hip-hop ensemble Duncan & the Ministry, a blues-rock band led by Amanda Fish, the good-time trio OJT and the beloved drill team the Marching Cobras.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Albert Hammond Jr.

Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Bottleneck

Just because Albert Hammond Jr. is as apt to appear in the pages of fashion magazines as in music publications doesn’t mean that his indie rock isn’t worthwhile. The well-dressed New Yorker is the most productive member of the Strokes. With Prinze George.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Tech N9ne

Sunday, Sept. 13, at KC Live

The symbolic significance of Kansas City’s most popular artist performing on the area’s most prominent stage looms over Sunday’s concert in the Power & Light District. Watching how Tech N9ne and his fans respond to the momentous occasion should prove fascinating.

Tickets are $10.33 in advance through

Hozier and Nate Ruess

Monday, Sept. 14, at Starlight Theatre

Hozier is a confident man. The Irishman responsible for the big hit “Take Me to Church” tapped Nate Ruess as the opening act for several dates on his current tour. Ruess, the charismatic man best known for his work in the operatic pop band Fun., is capable of outshining the sun.

Tickets are $39.50 and $55 in advance through


Monday, Sept. 14, at the Midland theater

Kansas City has long been a strong market for the Pennsylvania hard rock band Halestorm. The charismatic vocalist Lzzy Hale and her brother Arejay, a bombastic drummer, will be treated like heroes as they perform old favorites like “I Get Off” and new hits including “Amen” on Monday.

Tickets are $29.50 in advance through

The Coathangers

Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the Jackpot

Now that Sleater-Kinney has graduated from nightclubs to theaters, many devotees of the riot grrrl movement may be on the prowl for more immediate experiences. The Atlanta trio the Coathangers is capable of igniting intimate crowds with punk rock fervor. With Arc Flash and Vedettes.

The cover charge is $12. Details are available at

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star