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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Five Finger Death Punch, the Vibrators, Destroyer, Terri Clark and Cameo

Vince Staples will perform Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Liberty Hall.
Vince Staples will perform Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Liberty Hall. Def Jam Recordings

Five Finger Death Punch

Thursday, Sept. 24, at Independence Events Center

The head-bangers in Five Finger Death Punch have spent the past decade steadily inching toward their goal of becoming arena headliners. The Las Vegas group will achieve another milestone in its quest as it tops a strong bill in the home of the Missouri Mavericks. With Papa Roach, In This Moment and From Ashes to New.

Tickets are $36.25 and $41.50 in advance through

The Vibrators

Thursday, Sept. 24, at the RecordBar

“Pure Mania,” the 1977 debut album by the Vibrators, remains one of the most listenable documents from the British punk revolution. The current version of the iconic band will revive classic songs like “Stiff Little Fingers” and “Yeah Yeah Yeah” on Thursday. With the People’s Punk Band and Red Kate.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

KEN Mode

Thursday, Sept. 24, at MiniBar

Anyone with access to an electric guitar and a loud amplifier can make an unholy racket, but KEN Mode has perfected the art of making angry noise. The Canadian trio’s antisocial cacophony represents a visceral challenge. With Child Bite, Garrett Jamieson, Sie Lieben Maschinen and 34.

Tickets are $10 in advance through


Friday, Sept. 25, at the Granada

Dan Bejar of Destroyer is the Leonard Cohen of his generation. Filled with ennui, Bejar’s mournful songs feature his creaky voice over a bed of 1970s-style rock. The Canadian is touring in support of his well-received album “Poison Season.” With Jennifer Castle.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Beach House

Saturday, Sept. 26, at Liberty Hall

The gauzy music of Beach House seems to unfold in slow motion. Best known for the rapturously beautiful 2012 single “Myth,” the Baltimore duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally released the lovely new album “Depression Cherry” in August. With Jessica Pratt.

Tickets are $24 and $29 in advance through

“Country Rhythm & Blues Show”

Saturday, Sept. 26, at Knuckleheads

The wonderfully ambitious bill of Saturday’s multi-stage show at Knuckleheads is dominated by exceptional women. The lineup includes country hit-maker Terri Clark and the triple threat of Kansas City blues-rockers Samantha Fish, Katy Guillen & the Girls and Danielle Nicole. With Hot Buttered Rum and the Kris Lager Band.

Tickets are $35 in advance through


Sunday, Sept. 27, at KC Live

The red codpiece worn by Cameo vocalist Larry Blackmon is one of the odd sartorial gimmicks that helped define pop culture in the 1980s. While the band hasn’t had a substantial hit in more than 20 years, it still performs classic funk songs like “Word Up,” “She’s Strange” and “Sparkle” with conviction.

Details about the free concert are available at

Lil Durk

Monday, Sept. 28, at the Granada

Chicago merits its dubious nickname of Chiraq. Lil Durk is one of the most notable rappers documenting the bloodshed in his hometown. He’s not a stranger to violence. Lil Durk’s manager was murdered in March. Gunplay, Hypno Carlito and T-Rell are among the opening acts.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Vince Staples

Tuesday, Sept. 29, at Liberty Hall

“Summertime ’06,” the debut album by 22-year-old Vince Staples, is one of the most disturbing hip-hop albums to emerge from Southern California since N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” shocked America in 1988. Staples’ compositions are as harrowing as they are artful.

Tickets are $15 in advance through


Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Riot Room

Rock fans hankering for something different need look no further than Wednesday’s bill at the Riot Room. Arkona is a pagan heavy metal band from Russia. The group’s theatrical presentation is certain to induce bemused smiles and sincere devil horn signs from the audience. With Helsott and Winterhymn.

Tickets are $17 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star