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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Bruce Springsteen, Kurt Vile, Jennifer Nettles and Savages

Knuckleheads will host the Yawpers on April 7.
Knuckleheads will host the Yawpers on April 7. Paul Beaty

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band

Thursday, April 7, at the Sprint Center

The narrator of the title track of Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” admits that “I just act like I don’t remember, Mary acts like she don’t care.” Twenty-six years later, admirers of “The River” not only remember the 1980 album, they care more than ever about the masterful statement. Backed by the E Street Band, the rock icon will perform the entirety of “The River” on Thursday.

Tickets range from $55 to $150 in advance through

The Yawpers

Thursday, April 7, at Knuckleheads

The Drive-By Truckers are better known, and Alejandro Escovedo is more revered, but the Yawpers play a similarly invigorating form of intelligent barroom rock. “American Man,” the Denver-based trio’s 2015 debut on Bloodshot Records, is a formidable statement of purpose from a band worthy of wider acclaim. With Blackfoot Gypsies.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Chris Meck and the Guilty Birds

Friday, April 8, at the Tank Room

In addition to being one of Kansas City’s most respected guitarists, Chris Meck is hailed as the embodiment of the heart and soul of Kansas City’s roots-rock scene by many of his peers. Meck and his band the Guilty Birds will celebrate the release of the brawny new album “It’s 4 A.M. Somewhere” on Friday. With Claire & the Crowded Stage and Westerners.

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Kurt Vile

Friday, April 8, at the Granada

Kurt Vile makes slackerdom seem appealing. The singer-songwriter from Philadelphia sounds as if he can barely muster the energy to perform his wry indie-rock hits like “Pretty Pimpin’ ” and “Wakin’ on a Pretty Day.” The exceedingly relaxed approach makes Vile’s occasionally bitter observations go down more easily. With Purling Hiss.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Homegrown Buzz Music Showcase

Saturday, April 9, in the Power & Light District

Radio station 96.5 the Buzz dedicates two hours to the output of Kansas City-based indie-rock musicians every Sunday night. The annual Homegrown Buzz Music Showcase provides listeners with a convenient way to catch performances by the acts featured on the “Homegrown Buzz” program. The Conquerors, a terrific garage-rock band, are among 25 performers that will appear on several stages at this year’s event.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at


Saturday, April 9, at the Granada

Touring in support of the stupendously exciting album “Adore Love,” Savages adds a contemporary twist to the loud bass throb perfected by post-punk pioneers such as Joy Division and Gang of Four. The exciting British-based quartet merits its status as one of the most heralded rock bands of the moment. With Angus Tarnawsky.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Jennifer Nettles

Sunday, April 10, at the Lied Center

Jennifer Nettles, the powerful voice of Sugarland, is the headliner of “The Next Women of Country” tour. She’ll introduce her fans to three up-and-coming artists. Brandy Clark is one of Nashville’s most successful songwriters. Lindsay Ell sounds a lot like her fellow Canadian Shania Twain. Tara Thompson recently made a strong impression with her wild-eyed debut single “Someone to Take Your Place.”

Tickets range from $59.50 to $79.50 in advance through

Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham

Monday, April 11, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

This tour originally featured Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard as co-headliners, but Haggard died Wednesday after falling ill and dropping out of the tour earlier this year.. Although no one can fully replace the legend, Jamey Johnson and Ryan Bingham, — among the finest country artists of their generation — will set the stage for Nelson on Monday.

Tickets range from $55 to $70 in advance through

Father John Misty

Tuesday, April 12, at the Uptown Theater

Father John Misty rattled many members of an audience last summer when he lounged in the seats of Starlight Theatre during a portion of his opening set for the Alabama Shakes. Breaking the fourth wall is typical of the singer-songwriter. The man born Joshua Michael Tillman is a master of irony who frequently toys with convention.

Tickets are $30 in advance through


Wednesday, April 13, at the Granada

His chiming guitars, forceful singing and insistent rhythms have made Bombino one of the most popular African artists of recent years. Although many of the songs by the psychedelic rock artist from Niger document the concerns of the nomadic people of the Saharan desert, the uplifting spirit of Bombino’s music transcends languages and borders. With Last Good Tooth.

Tickets are $18 in advance through