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This weekend’s best live music | Kris Lager Band, Jenny Lewis, Eric Church and Murs coming to KC

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Kris Lager Band

Thursday, Dec. 4, at Knuckleheads.

Although they tend to sound as if they’re jamming in a dingy tavern in New Orleans, the four men in the Kris Lager Band can most often be found performing their brand of soulful roots music in barrooms near their base in Lincoln, Neb.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Jenny Lewis

Friday, Dec. 5, at Liberty Hall.

Jenny Lewis seemed to be on the verge of stardom when her band Rilo Kiley released the indie-rock hit “Portions for Foxes” in 2004. The glossy sheen of her new album “Voyager” indicates that the former child actor is once again intent on achieving a deserved commercial breakthrough.

Tickets are $20 and $24 in advance through

Eric Church

Friday, Dec. 5, at the Sprint Center.

Unlike the members of the new generation of contemporary country stars who seem as if they’re obsessed with maintaining a perfect head of hair, Eric Church tends to sound like he’s looking for trouble. The rugged songwriter released the raucous album “The Outsiders” in February. With Dwight Yoakam and Halestorm.

Tickets range from $23 to $62.50 in advance through

Murs with Mayday

Friday, Dec. 5, at the RecordBar.

Murs is one of the unlikeliest hip-hop artists to sign with Kansas City’s Strange Music. Rooted in the arty fringes of the music’s underground, the Californian seemingly has little in common with the dark sensibility of most of Strange’s roster. He’ll collaborate with Mayday, a band from Florida, on Friday. With Ces Cru and Kap Kallous.

Tickets are $18 in advance through

Sex Offenders

Saturday, Dec. 6, at Vandals.

The music venue at 3740 Broadway has received a punk rock makeover. Formerly known as the News Room and as the Black and Gold Tavern, Vandals is celebrating the switch in formats with a week of free shows. Saturday’s main event features area punk acts the Sex Offenders, Wick & the Tricks, Stiff Middle Fingers and Black on Black.

Free. People who donate canned food to the “punk pantry” will be entered in a raffle.

The Greencards

Saturday, Dec. 6, at Knuckleheads.

The reunited Nickel Creek claims an outsized portion of the progressive bluegrass audience’s attention, but the Greencards have been performing a similarly pop-oriented and savvy form of the music from their base in Austin since 2003.

Tickets are $15 in advance through


Sunday, Dec. 7, at Aftershock.

Exodus’ opening slot for Slayer at the Uptown Theater in May was frustratingly brief. Sunday’s headlining effort by the legendary band co-founded by Kirk Hammett of Metallica in 1980 should provide a proper showcase for Exodus’ potent brand of thrash. With Hammerlord and Troglodyte.

Tickets are $20 in advance through


Monday, Dec. 8, at the Bottleneck.

As mainstream hip-hop grows increasingly juvenile and formulaic, lyrically intelligent and musically inventive ensembles such as Blackalicious become more valuable. The duo of Gift of Gab and Chief Xcel began crafting inventive hip-hop in California 15 years ago. With Daniel Bambaata Marley and Approach.

Tickets are $17 in advance through


Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the RecordBar.

With processed beats replacing guitar riffs and moody synths filling the space traditionally occupied by the throb of a bass, Haerts’ songs exemplify the dreamy indie-pop sound of 2014. The Brooklyn-based band’s debut album was released in October. With Mikky Ekko.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

Dillon Francis

Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Midland.

Beginning in 2011 with the slithering earworm “IDGAFOS,” Dillon Francis has created some of the most gregarious electronic dance music of the past few years. “Get Low” is among the playful hits from the Californian’s new album “Money Sucks, Friends Rule.” With TJR and Hoodboi.

Tickets are $25 in advance through