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The best music in KC this weekend: Dave and Phil Alvin, Conflicts, Kacey Musgraves and Aaron Neville

Aaron Neville will play Sunday, March 6, at the Folly Theater.
Aaron Neville will play Sunday, March 6, at the Folly Theater. From the artist

Emily Wells

Thursday, March 3, at the Riot Room

A 2009 cover of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Juicy” is the most accessible introduction to Emily Wells’ complex integration of hip-hop, electronic textures and classical music. While the Brooklyn-based violinist has a natural affinity for rap, many of her enigmatic compositions wouldn’t sound out of place in formal concert halls. With Lorna Dune.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Dave and Phil Alvin and the Guilty Men

Friday, March 4, at Knuckleheads

The reconciliation of Dave and Phil Alvin is the fulfillment of the most ardent wishes of countless roots-rock fans. The combination of Phil’s potent voice and Dave’s enduring songs made the Blasters one of the most vital bands of the 1980s. Having resolved a bitter feud, the volatile brothers have resumed making vital music together. With the Bel Airs.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal

Friday, March 4, at the Jazzhaus

Lincoln, Neb., may not be known as a hotbed of R&B, but the ascent of Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal may soon put the home of the Cornhuskers on the maps of soul revivalists around the world. “Parts of a Man,” a track from the ensemble’s forthcoming album, is just as powerful as the recent work of better known traditional R&B artists.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at


Friday, March 4, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

Conflicts may be the most brutal band in Kansas City. The fearsome hardcore group is powered by the anguished screams of Nigel Williams and a combative guitar attack. Conflicts will commemorate the long-awaited release of its new album, “The North Slope,” at Davey’s on Friday. With Forty Fathoms, Everything in Slow Motion and Sedlec Ossuary.

The cover charge is $10. Details are available at

Dressy Bessy

Friday, March 4, at the Replay

The bubblegum punk of songs like “If You Should Try to Kiss Her” made Dressy Bessy one of the most acclaimed indie-rock ensembles of the late 1990s. The members of the Denver band seem rejuvenated on the energetic new “Kingsized,” their first album in eight years. With Whoa Thunder and Schwervon.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at

Kacey Musgraves

Saturday, March 5, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

After opening for Kenny Chesney at Arrowhead Stadium in 2013 and serving as a supporting act for Lady Antebellum at the Sprint Center in 2014, Kacey Musgraves finally headlines a concert in Kansas City. Musgraves’ controversial hit “Merry Go ’Round” scandalized country fans three years ago. With Cactus Blossoms.

Tickets are $28.50 and $38.50 in advance through

Lee Fields & the Expressions

Saturday, March 5, at the Granada

Lee Fields’ debut single, “Bewildered,” a gritty ballad inspired by James Brown, was released in 1969. More than four decades later, Fields has finally become an international star among R&B aficionados. The superlative soul man will confirm the assertion implicit in the title of his recent single, “I Still Got It,” at the Granada on Saturday.

Tickets are $20 in advance through


Saturday, March 5, at the Replay

Since making its debut at the Replay Lounge less than a year ago, Toughies has become one of Lawrence’s most auspicious indie-rock bands. Leisurely songs like “What Are Hands For?” filter the sweet 1950s rock of Buddy Holly through the slacker aesthetic of Pavement. Toughies will celebrate the release of a new EP on Saturday. With CS Luxem and La Guerre.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at

Aaron Neville

Sunday, March 6, at the Folly Theater

Tickets to Aaron Neville’s appearance at the Folly Theater on Sunday aren’t inexpensive, but hearing the legendary New Orleans artist croon his signature songs like “Tell It Like It Is” and “Hercules” is a priceless experience. The ticket prices reflect the charitable component of the event. The concert benefits three area charities. With Blackberry Winter Band.

Tickets range from $50 to $100 in advance through

Carly Rae Jepsen

Tuesday, March 8, at the Granada

Carly Rae Jepsen underwent a remarkable transition in 2015. Previously known for the cloyingly massive 2012 hit “Call Me Maybe,” the Canadian released the more nuanced “Emotion” album that redeemed her reputation among observers who had dismissed her as an inconsequential one-hit-wonder. With Cardiknox.

Tickets are $25 in advance through