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This weekend’s best music: Matt Stansberry & the Romance, Run 2 Cover, Waka Flocka Flame, Yes You Are and Hamilton Loomis

Matt Stansberry & the Romance performs Jan. 8 at Knuckleheads.
Matt Stansberry & the Romance performs Jan. 8 at Knuckleheads. Julio César Cedillo

Cowboy Mouth

Thursday, Jan. 7, at Knuckleheads

Cowboy Mouth, one of New Orleans’ most notable party bands, doesn’t perform the jazz, blues or R&B associated with its hometown. Instead, the four excitable members of the ensemble play exuberant rock ’n’ roll like Johnny Appleseeds of musical joy. Cowboy Mouth first happened upon its buoyant brand of rock in 1990. With the Snot Rockets.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Matt Stansberry & the Romance

Friday, Jan. 8, at Knuckleheads

Largely because there can never be too much soul music, the ongoing revival of vintage R&B sounds is one of the most welcome trends of the past couple years. Matt Stansberry leads an Oklahoma City band that’s certain to appeal to fans of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and St. Paul & the Broken Bones. With Hotstop.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Run 2 Cover

Friday, Jan. 8, at Aftershock

Run 2 Cover, a new boy band in the mold of Hanson, is attempting to score a hit in the vein of “MMMBop.” A few of Run 2 Cover’s songs including “Lovesick” and “Like the Way It Hurts” are almost as catchy as Hanson’s 1997 breakout hit. The trio’s sugary pop will entertain devotees at Aftershock on Friday.

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Waka Flocka Flame

Friday, Jan. 8, at the Granada

Waka Flocka Flame specializes in making the sort of banging anthems that are ideally suited for play at NBA games. “Hard in da Paint” and “Workin’ ” are among the Atlanta rapper’s songs that energize fans and motivate players. The frenzied approach makes him an ideal headliner for Ragefest at the Granada. Staxx is among the opening acts.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Yes You Are

Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Riot Room

Yes You Are is one of Kansas City’s most polished bands. Fronted by Kianna Alarid, a former member of indie-pop favorites Tilly and the Wall, Yes You Are traffics in a similarly peppy sound. Sunday’s triple bill of locally based rock bands also includes Shameless Pursuit and Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type.

Tickets are $5 in advance through

Hamilton Loomis

Sunday, Jan. 10, at Knuckleheads

Unlike most of his peers on the blues circuit, Hamilton Loomis crafts music that tends to sound more like the radio-friendly Eric Clapton songs “Change the World” and “Lay Down Sally” than anything that originated in one of the rough-and-tumble juke joints in his home state of Texas.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

Chase Fanning

Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Tank Room

Kansas City singer-songwriter Chase Fanning suggests that his music resembles “a cross between John Mayer and Jason Mraz.” Aficionados of soothing homegrown pop will flock to the Tank Room on Sunday to help Fanning celebrate the release of his first studio album. With AJ Young and Schuyler Minor.

Tickets are $5 in advance through


Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

G-Eazy’s appeal begins with his looks. The dapper rapper from Oakland resembles Ryan Gosling more than Eminem. G-Eazy invites comparisons to the latter icon on a song on his chart-topping 2015 album “When It’s Dark Out”: “I’m the coldest white rapper in the game since the one with the bleached hair.” With A$AP Ferg, Mark E Bassy and Nef the Pharoah.

Tickets to the sold-out concert were $35 in advance through

The Outer Vibe

Tuesday, Jan. 12, at the Bottleneck

Michigan quintet the Outer Vibe splits the difference between frothy indie-pop bands like Walk the Moon and outfits that appeal to the jam-band community such as Rusted Root. Various Blonde, a Kansas City ensemble that’s poised to have a breakout year in 2016, opens the show.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Venom Inc.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the Granada

The title of Venom’s brutal 1982 album “Black Metal” became the appellation of a fledgling form of dark music. In subsequent years the members of the influential British band have feuded. The version of Venom slated to perform Wednesday at the Granada includes original guitarist Jeff “Mantas” Dunn. With Necrophagia and Inner Alter.

Tickets are $22 in advance through