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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Your Friend, Darlingside, Randy Rogers Band, Madeon and the Buhs

Darlingside will perform Friday, Jan. 29, at the Tank Room.
Darlingside will perform Friday, Jan. 29, at the Tank Room. Robb Stey

Your Friend

Thursday, Jan. 28, at Liberty Hall

Taryn Miller, the woman who creates haunting indie-rock as Your Friend, will perform for family, friends and hometown fans in Lawrence on the eve of the international release of her debut album, “Gumption.” The concert is the first in a series of dozens of appearances Miller is slated to make throughout North America in the next few months. With Major Games.

Tickets are $7 in advance through


Friday, Jan. 29, at the Tank Room

Auyon Mukharji of Prairie Village met his band mates in Darlingside while attending Williams College in Massachusetts. Since their graduation, the men in Darlingside have become remarkably adept practitioners of elegant folk rock. The group is touring in support of the gorgeous new album, “Birds Say.”

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Under the Big Oak Tree

Friday, Jan. 29, at the Uptown Arts Bar

Under the Big Oak Tree, a homespun folk trio from St. Joseph, will celebrate the release of its new album, “Local Honey,” at the Uptown Arts Bar on Friday. Made distinctive by the warm vocals of Kristin Hamilton, Under the Big Oak Tree is likely to charm aficionados of acoustic music who are already under the spell of Kansas City’s Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Randy Rogers Band

Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Uptown Theater

As a stalwart mainstream country artist who doesn’t rely on modern production tricks, fashionable Americana flourishes or a dreamy image, Randy Rogers is a stubborn outlier. The ornery Texan summarizes his philosophy in one of his lyrics: “I don’t have hits. I’ve got standards.” With William Michael Morgan.

Tickets are $20 in advance through


Saturday, Jan. 30, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

French electronic dance music producer Madeon has spent the past few years crafting a gloriously bouncy and enormously pleasurable soundtrack for a global party. He followed the 2011 sensation “Pop Culture” with a series of equally impressive singles. “Adventure,” Madeon’s debut album, was released nine months ago. With Skylar Spence.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

The Band That Fell to Earth

Sunday, Jan. 31, at Knuckleheads

Weeks before David Bowie died, a coalition of many of Kansas City’s elite musicians had begun preparing for a tribute concert to the icon. The show quickly sold out following Bowie’s passing on Jan. 10. Members of the Grisly Hand, Hearts of Darkness, Not a Planet and the Philistines are among the participants.

Tickets to the sold-out concert were $10 in advance. Details are available at

The Buhs 2nd Annual Mardi Gras Party: The Hater’s Ball

Sunday, Jan. 31, at Prohibition Hall

The Buhs, a party-minded ensemble featuring respected Kansas City musicians including trumpeter Hermon Mehari and vocalist Julia Haile, are hosting an early Mardi Gras celebration at Prohibition Hall. The event will give revelers a socially acceptable excuse to unleash disdain on their peers when they’re not dancing to the Buhs’ funk and R&B or imbibing in a freshly prepared batch of haterade.

Admission to the party is free. Details are available at

Alison Wonderland

Monday, Feb. 1, at the Granada

Alex Scholler, the Australian artist who creates dance music as Alison Wonderland, doesn’t need a wacky costume or a state-of-the-art light show to entertain fans as she performs. Boundless enthusiasm and a contagious sense of playfulness have made Scholler one of the most prominent women in electronic dance music. With Golden Features.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats

Monday, Feb. 1, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The swift ascent of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats is reflected by the backstory of Monday’s concert. The roots-rock and retro R&B band was originally booked at the RecordBar before being moved to the Riot Room. The breakout success of the gospel-infused hit “S.O.B.” necessitated a relocation to a much larger theater.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Lamb of God

Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Lamb of God is the headliner of what’s likely to be the year’s most compelling heavy metal tour. The 2012 imprisonment of vocalist Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic failed to diminish the band’s resolve. Blythe and his determined band mates will be joined by thrash metal veterans Anthrax, innovative noise ensemble Deafheaven and punk-inspired band Power Trip.

Tickets are $34.50 in advance through


Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Madrid Theatre

A lovely band in an unloved genre, Guster has doggedly plied a sweet form of power-pop for more than 20 years. The minor 2003 hit “Amsterdam” is one of several nuggets by the Boston band that verges on perfection. Taking a cue from like-minded ensemble Wilco, Guster recently began adding an adventurous edge to its sound. With Vetiver.

Tickets are $31 and $46 in advance through

Yo La Tengo

Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Bottleneck

Of all of the rock bands that have managed to stay together for the last three decades, perhaps only Radiohead has received more rave reviews than Yo La Tengo. The acclaimed New York-based band is touring in support of “Stuff Like That There,” an album that includes striking covers of classic songs by the Cure and Hank Williams.

Tickets are $21 in advance through

Josh Abbott Band

Wednesday, Feb. 3, at Kanza Hall

The members of the Josh Abbott Band have been through the ringer in the years since their third album was released in 2012. The country group was signed and subsequently dropped by a major record label, and Abbott publicly dealt with serious personal issues. His band showcases a new-found maturity on the recent album “Front Row Seat.” With Jordan Davis.

Tickets are $17 in advance through