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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Of Monsters and Men, Maria Muldaur, JR JR and the Grisly Hand

Black Violin performs Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Lied Center in Lawrence.
Black Violin performs Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Lied Center in Lawrence. Lisa Leone

▪ Glass Animals

Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Midland theater

Less than 15 months removed from performing at the relatively tiny Czar Bar and the Riot Room, British alternative rock band Glass Animals is headlining a concert at the Midland theater for the second time. The buzz-worthy group is likely to draw a capacity crowd. With Hinds.

Tickets are $27.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.

▪ Black Violin

Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Lied Center

“Stereotypes,” the title of Black Violin’s new album, addresses the challenges faced by the men in the crossover classical duo. The recording features the unusual but entirely unforced fusion of hip-hop and classical music that Wil B and Kev Marcus will demonstrate at the Lied Center.

Tickets are $25 in advance through lied.ku.edu.

▪ KC Psych Fest

Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, at the RecordBar

Canada’s Slim Twig and Kansas City’s the Philistines are among the dozen ensembles that will fill the RecordBar with psychedelic rock during the two-day KC Psych Fest this weekend. The event doubles as the 10th anniversary celebration of the midtown venue.

Tickets are $10 in advance through therecordbar.com.

▪ Of Monsters and Men

Friday, Oct. 2, at the Midland theater

While the popularity of other stomp-and-shout folk ensembles like the Lumineers has faded, Of Monsters and Men remains relevant. The Icelandic band’s dramatic songs, melodic sturdiness and the compelling voice of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir are impervious to trends. With Highasakite.

Tickets are $29.50 and $39.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.

▪ Maria Muldaur

Friday, Oct. 2, at Knuckleheads

Although all but her most devoted fans are familiar only with her seductive 1973 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria Muldaur has released 40 albums. The rock and blues veteran is celebrating her extensive career with a “multimedia retrospective” tour titled After Midnight. With Amanda Fish.

Tickets are $18 in advance through knuckleheadskc.com.

▪ JR JR

Friday, Oct. 2, at the Bottleneck

The men in Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. finally decided that a silly name could take them only so far. Rebranded as JR JR, the band from Detroit continues to refine its sound. JR JR creates sophisticated pop that takes inspiration from the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds.” With Hippo Campus.

Tickets are $17 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.

▪ The Grisly Hand

Saturday, Oct. 3, at Knuckleheads

The Grisly Hand ranks among the best bands in Kansas City. Saturday’s performance is the release party for “Flesh & Blood,” an album that showcases the country-rock sextet’s gorgeous harmonies, astounding instrumental prowess and a fresh batch of memorable songs.

Tickets are $12 in advance through knuckleheadskc.com.

▪ Ghost

Monday, Oct. 5, at Liberty Hall

Ghost makes Kiss seem like old hat. The costumed Swedish band — vocalist Papa Emeritus III and the Nameless Ghouls — perform an amusingly menacing form of heavy metal that’s enhanced by a correspondingly theatrical live presentation. With Purson.

Tickets are $24 and $49 in advance through libertyhall.net.

▪ Børns

Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the RecordBar

“Electric Love,” a track from Børns’ forthcoming debut album, pulsates with the carefree ebullience of a current Taylor Swift hit. The electro-pop project overseen by Michigan’s Garrett Borns seems destined to become the favorite band of young lovers around the world. With Avid Dancer.

Tickets are $13 in advance through therecordbar.com.

▪ Built to Spill

Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Bottleneck

Built to Spill, a band that occupies a prominent spot next to Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. as one of the most accomplished indie-rock bands of the 1990s, is touring in support of “Untethered Moon,” its first studio album in six years. With Helvetia and Clarke and the Himselfs.

Tickets are $21 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.

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