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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Marrow, the Roseline, Kip Moore, Trae tha Truth and the Hillbenders

Marrow performs Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Riot Room.
Marrow performs Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Riot Room. Jeremy Frank

Marrow

Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Riot Room

Sparked by the incisive rapping of Vic Mensa and an album produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Kids These Days appeared to be going places when it played at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest in 2013. The Chicago band fell apart a month later. Four members of Kids These Days are starting from scratch as the astute indie-rock ensemble Marrow. With Sima Cunningham.

Tickets are $8 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Organized Crimes

Thursday, Feb. 4, at the 8th Street Taproom

Friday, Feb. 5, at Mills Record Co.

“Bel Ray Flats,” the new 7-inch single that Organized Crimes will promote this week, adds a Midwestern accent to the colorful music associated with the British pop bands that were in heavy rotation on MTV in the 1980s. The Kansas City band will be joined by CS Luxem and Real Adults at the 8th Street Taproom in Lawrence on Thursday and by Yes You Are at Mills Record Co. in Kansas City on Friday.

The cover charge for Thursday’s show is $3. Details are available at eighthstreettaproom.com.

Friday’s show is free. Details are available at millsrecordcompany.com.

Seven Lions

Friday, Feb. 5, at the Granada

The work of Seven Lions has served as an accessible entry point for thousands of nascent fans of electronic dance music during the past five years. Many of the remixes and much of the original music created by the Californian born as Jeff Montalvo have convinced people to switch their primary allegiance from conventional pop to beat-heavy sounds.

Tickets are $20 in advance through thegranada.com.

The Roseline

Friday, Feb. 5, at the Replay Lounge

As an adult resident of the college town of Lawrence, Colin Halliburton was inspired to title his most recent album “Townie.” The compelling recording by his rootsy folk-rock band the Roseline is filled with smart songs about the challenges faced by people who work for a living. With Spencer Mackenzie Brown and Matfield Green.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.

Kip Moore

Friday, Feb. 5, at the Uptown Theater

Although Kip Moore’s signature song is the hit “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” most of his output sounds just as good in luxury sedans and minivans. With clever songs that coyly allude to the hits of Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, the burly-voiced Moore is part of a new breed of country acts that aren’t terribly concerned with tradition. With Chase Bryant.

Tickets are $35 in advance through uptowntheater.com.

Trae tha Truth

Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Riot Room

A legend in his hometown of Houston, veteran rapper Trae tha Truth is best known to hip-hop fans in the rest of the world for his collaborations with more mainstream stars. He’s joined by T.I. and Rick Ross on his current single, “All Good.” Trae tha Truth has also recorded with Tech N9ne, MGK, Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne. With My Brothers Keeper.

Tickets are $17 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Carson McHone

Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Westport Saloon

Texas singer/songwriter Carson McHone was the subject of a cover story in her hometown publication the Austin Chronicle last summer. In a corresponding review of her latest album, the newspaper likened McHone to Neko Case and Emmylou Harris. Area roots music fans can determine if she’s worthy of the comparisons on Saturday. With StrawBilly, Scotch Hollow and KC RainDogs.

Saturday’s show is free. Details are available at westportsaloon.com.

The Hillbenders

Saturday, Feb. 6, at Knuckleheads

The first in a series of shows to raise money for the Midwest Musicians Foundation’s annual MidCoast Takeover showcase in Austin, Texas, is headlined by the Hillbenders, purveyors of alternative bluegrass. The Springfield group’s interpretation of The Who’s “Tommy” attracted a lot of attention in 2015. With the Hardship Letters, Nicholas St. James and the Brad Cunningham Band.

Tickets are $10 in advance through knuckleheadskc.com.

Dreamgirl

Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Replay Lounge

Not to be confused with the similarly titled musical based on 1960s R&B groups like the Supremes, Dreamgirl is a six-piece indie-pop group from St. Joseph. The group documented its affinity for punky reggae, dreamy retro-pop and eerie surf rock on its fine 2015 EP “Illuminaughty.” With Toughies and Importer Exporter.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.

Keys N Krates

Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Granada

Keys N Krates, an innovative trap music trio from Toronto, has impressed celebrants at prestigious festivals like Coachella and TomorrowWorld. While inspired by a sound that sprang from crack houses, Key N Krates creates music that’s better suited for jubilant parties than criminal misdeeds. With Stööki Sound.

Tickets are $20 in advance through thegranada.com.

Saintseneca

Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Jackpot Saloon

Saintseneca careens wildly between chamber folk and raucous indie-rock. The eclecticism of the daring Ohio ensemble has unjustly limited its popularity. In a review of the ensemble’s third album “Such Things,” Stephen Thompson of NPR Music suggested that Saintseneca is committed to “shoehorning deep, dark ideas into pocket-sized pop-rock anthems.” With Des Ark.

Tickets are $10 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star

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