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The best music in KC this weekend: Blake Shelton, Anderson East and Andrew Combs, Wavves and Carrie Rodriguez

You can see Carrie Rodriguez on Feb. 27 at Knuckleheads.
You can see Carrie Rodriguez on Feb. 27 at Knuckleheads. Sarah Wilson

Anderson East

Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Riot Room

The sudden ascent of Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats is almost certainly viewed as an encouraging development by Anderson East. The singer-songwriter from Alabama plays a similarly uplifting brand of blue-eyed soul. Thursday’s show may be the last chance that area fans will have to catch East — or tourmate Andrew Combs — in an intimate venue.

Tickets are $12 in advance through


Friday, Feb. 26, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Wavves’ scuzzy sound, self-destructive tendencies and nihilistic perspective — one of its releases is titled “Life Sux” — have enhanced the San Diego band’s appeal among fans who think the anarchic group is the manifestation of the true spirit of rock ’n’ roll. With Best Coast and Cherry Glazerr.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Golden Groves

Friday, Feb. 26 at the Riot Room

Golden Groves’ promotional material insists that the Kansas City band is “defining how rock ought to be played.” It’s more accurate to suggest that Golden Groves adeptly evokes the robust sound of established groups like Kings of Leon. The group will perform material from its new EP at Friday’s show. With Mime Games and the Lauren Anderson Band.

Tickets are $8 in advance through

Blake Shelton

Friday, Feb. 26, at the Sprint Center

Television viewers and readers of tabloids are familiar with Blake Shelton’s confident pontificating as a judge on a singing competition and for the racy drama associated with his romantic attachments. Fans of country music know that the Oklahoma native has been racking up chart-topping singles since 2001. With Chris Janson.

Tickets range from $27.75 to $67.75 in advance through


Friday, Feb. 26, at the Brick (with Shy Boys)

Saturday, Feb. 27, at Mills Record Co. (with Momma’s Boy)

“Mild West,” the new album by the Kansas City quartet Fullbloods, is aptly titled. The band cleverly updates the yacht-rock style associated with artists like Little River Band and Boz Scaggs. Fullbloods will celebrate the release of the delectably smooth “Mild West” at two shows this weekend. With Shy Boys on Friday. With Momma’s Boy on Saturday.

The cover charge for Friday’s show is $5. Details are available at

Saturday’s show is free. Details are available at

Never Shout Never

Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Granada

Working under the banner of Never Shout Never, Joplin’s Christofer Drew is the Warped Tour equivalent of Taylor Swift. Many of his impish and colorful pop-punk songs resemble Swift’s stadium-rocking anthems. Saturday’s concert is the final date of Never Shout Never’s national headlining tour. With Metro Station, Jule Vera and Waterparks.

Tickets are $18 in advance through

Carrie Rodriguez

Saturday, Feb. 27, at Knuckleheads

The new album by Carrie Rodriguez contains a song on which the respected singer-songwriter recalls her granny counseling her about the challenges faced by a Latina in the music industry: “Not everybody’s gonna spell your name right, honey. … Tell country music where to put the z.” The Texan will get plenty of respect from her loyal fans in Kansas City on Saturday.

Tickets are $12 in advance through


Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Scottish Rite Temple

Be/Non, Kansas City’s version of Pink Floyd, will celebrate the release of its sixth album at the Scottish Rite Temple on Sunday. Conspiracy-minded attendees can seek insights about the Illuminati as they bask in cosmic new songs like “Blow Your Own Mind” from the astronomic new recording “Mystic Sunrise/Sunset Magic.” With Piuleros.

The cover charge is $10. Details are available at


Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Granada

Chance the Rapper casts a long shadow. Pell, a fledgling hip-hop artist from New Orleans, occasionally sounds disarmingly like the star from Chicago. Even so, the music Pell describes as “dream rap” is invigorating. Pell boasts about logging time at a library and resisting the temptation to overindulge in his town’s French Quarter. With Daye Jack.

Tickets are $13 in advance through


Wednesday, March 2, at Knuckleheads

Mipso, a youthful quartet of “renegade traditionalists” from North Carolina, is the type of bluegrass band that appeals to crusty devotees of the Grateful Dead, traditionalists who spend their free time practicing banjo licks and a new generation of acoustic music fans who appreciate ensembles like Nickel Creek and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Tickets are $15 in advance through