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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Tori Kelly, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Rhiannon Giddens

“True Detective” singer Lera Lynn performs Monday at Knuckleheads
“True Detective” singer Lera Lynn performs Monday at Knuckleheads Ixchel Lara

Tori Kelly

Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Midland theater

Beyoncé’s inability to be everywhere at once creates opportunities for talented mimics like Tori Kelly. With assistance from superstar producer Max Martin and the guidance of music industry mogul Scooter Braun, Kelly’s ascendance to pop stardom seems inevitable. With Johnny Stimson.

Tickets are $22 in advance through

Dirty Ghosts

Thursday, Oct. 8, at the Replay Lounge

Angular indie-rock band Dirty Ghosts will celebrate the Oct. 9 release of its second album, “Let It Pretend,” at the Replay Lounge. The members of the trio from San Francisco have experienced personal and professional turmoil since the release of their debut album in 2012. With Me & the Mrs.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at

Catfish and the Bottlemen and Kodaline

Friday, Oct. 9, at KC Live

Anglophiles, Welshmen and Irish rock enthusiasts will jockey for prime positions in the courtyard of the Power & Light District during Friday’s free concert. The show features trendy Welsh band Catfish and the Bottlemen, the epic Irish rock of Kodaline and British blues-rocker Jamie N Commons.

Details about the free concert are available at

Fed Up Fest

Saturday, Oct. 10, at Crossroads KC

The benefit for regional food bank Harvesters features a bevy of food trucks and an impressive lineup that’s headlined by up-and-coming British rock quartet Wolf Alice. Beautiful Bodies, Hembree, Not a Planet and Your Friend are among the locally based bands on the bill.

Tickets range from $20 to $75 in advance through

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Saturday at Helzberg Hall

Although Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is best known in the United States as the lively ensemble that backed Linda Ronstadt on her 1987 album “Canciones de Mi Padre,” the expansive Mexican institution has been entertaining audiences around the world since 1897.

Tickets range from $49 to $79 in advance through

Rhiannon Giddens

Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Folly Theater

Rhiannon Giddens has arrived. After paying dues as a member of the old-timey Carolina Chocolate Drops, she has become a face of American folk music. Giddens is likely to focus on material from her acclaimed solo debut album “Tomorrow Is My Turn” on Sunday. With Bhi Bhiman.

Tickets range from $25 to $50 in advance through

The Internet

Monday, Oct. 12, at the Granada

One of the most tradition-minded members of the Odd Future collective, the Internet’s Syd the Kid is an innovative hip-hop producer and bandleader. The R&B she creates as the Internet evokes the likes of Prince and Michael Jackson. With Moonchild and Duncan Burnett & the Ministry.

Tickets are $17 in advance through

Lera Lynn

Monday, Oct. 12, at Knuckleheads

Even viewers who were frustrated by the indecipherable elements of the most recent season of HBO’s “True Detective” may recall Lera Lynn’s recurring role as a barroom troubadour. The Nashville-based singer-songwriter will perform her haunting ballads at Knuckleheads on Monday.

Tickets are $15 in advance through


Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Riot Room

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio creates whip-smart electronic pop with his frothy side project Baio. A critic for Spin magazine suggested that the debut album by Baio’s London-based ensemble is “flush with an unassumingly busy intellect.” With Yes You Are.

Tickets are $13 in advance through

Chance the Rapper

Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Midland theater

Chancelor Bennett, 22, who performs as Chance the Rapper, has cultivated a loyal audience even though he has yet to release an official album. His 2013 mix-tape “Acid Rap” and the new jazz-tinged effort “Surf” showcase his engaging personality.

Tickets are $34.50 in advance through

Beats Antique

Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Crossroads KC

Beats Antique’s embrace of vintage analog sounds and styles from around the globe is a perfect antidote for listeners repelled by the digital chilliness associated with electronic dance music. Zoe Jakes’ riveting dancing adds visual appeal to the California ensemble’s performances. With Moon Hooch and Pinky D’Ambrosia.

Tickets range from $21.50 to $61.50 in advance through

Compiled by Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star