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This weekend’s best music in Kansas City: Helado Negro, Youth Lagoon, Waxahatchee, and Coheed and Cambria

Toro y Moi will be at the Granada Sunday.
Toro y Moi will be at the Granada Sunday. Courtesy of Carpark Records

Hot Rize

Thursday, Oct. 15, at Liberty Hall

Hot Rize was one of the most popular bluegrass bands of the 1980s. All four members of the recently reconstituted group are bluegrass and folk music royalty. Thursday’s performance by Hot Rize and its alter-ego Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers promises to be a joyous hootenanny.

Tickets are $27.50 and $34 in advance through

Helado Negro

Friday, Oct. 16, at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Many creators and supporters of cultivated electronic music insist it is high art. Proclaimed as a “mastermind” by his record label, Asthmatic Kitty, Roberto Carlos Lange of the Brooklyn-based project Helado Negro will perform in a correspondingly refined setting on Friday. With Thomas Wincek.

Details about the free concert are available at

Mike Adams at His Honest Weight

Thursday, Oct. 15, at the Riot Room

Friday, Oct. 16, at the Replay Lounge

Mike Adams hosts a satirical talk show in his hometown of Bloomington, Ind. Celebrity cat Lil Bub was one of his recent guests. Adams is better known as the creator of lush indie-pop that often sounds as if My Morning Jacket is covering the greatest hits of 1970s soft-rock band the Carpenters.

Tickets to Thursday’s show are $8 in advance through With Real Adults, Maybe Not and Temp Tats.

The cover charge for Friday’s show is $3. Details are available at With Nate Henricks.

Coheed and Cambria

Friday, Oct. 16, at KC Live!

Billed as “Afentra’s No Costume Party,” Friday’s free concert is sponsored by radio station 96.5 The Buzz. The headliner, Coheed and Cambria, is an alternative metal band that will celebrate the release of its eighth studio album “The Color Before the Sun” on Friday. With MS MR, Jack Garratt and Thank You Scientist.

Details about the free concert are available at

Youth Lagoon

Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Bottleneck

Trevor Powers doesn’t merely wear his heart on his sleeve. The man behind Youth Lagoon also wallows in figurative tears. Yet his confessional electro-pop rarely sounds maudlin. Powers perfects his quietly cathartic approach on the fascinating new album “Savage Hills Ballroom.” With Moon King.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Adventure Club

Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Uptown Theater

Adventure Club is a Canadian electronic dance music duo that combines the form’s icy beats with warm pop flourishes. Fans of like-minded artists like Calvin Harris and Avicii will transform the area in front of the Uptown Theater’s stage into a lively dance floor on Sunday. With Snails and Kayzo.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Toro y Moi

Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Granada

Although Chaz Bundick has vociferously denounced the term “chillwave” that’s often used to characterize the music he makes as Toro y Moi, the majority of his output is undeniably relaxed. Bundick’s unhurried beats and soothing washes of synthetic melodies are trance-inducing. With Astronauts Etc.

Tickets are $17 in advance through


Sunday, Oct. 18, at the Jackpot Saloon & Music Hall

Katie Crutchfield has been a critical darling since she debuted her Waxahatchee project a few years ago. The clever singer-songwriter from Alabama is touring in support of “Ivy Tripp,” a relatively accessible album of homemade indie-rock. With Weyes Blood and Try the Pie.

Tickets are $13 in advance through

Passion Pit

Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the Midland

Passion Pit’s new album “Kindred” is loaded with self-help guidance, as if bandleader Michael Angelakos intends the document to act as an uplifting musical therapy session for troubled listeners. His bouncy electro-pop is fully capable of inducing happiness. With Atlas Genius.

Tickets are $29.50 in advance through

Grace Potter

Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Uptown Theater

Grace Potter trades the guitar-based rock she made with her band the Nocturnals for upbeat pop, slinky dance music and radiant soul on her new solo album “Midnight.” Fans of the accomplished artist are advised to approach Wednesday’s concert with an open mind. With Rayland Baxter.

Tickets are $35 and $55 in advance through


Wednesday, Oct. 21, at Liberty Hall

Notoriously tough taskmaster James Brown might have approved of the limber funk performed by Lettuce. The New York-based band plays soulful dance music with an authoritative looseness that has been honed over the course of more than 20 years of performances. With Filabusta.

Tickets are $24 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star