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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Houndmouth, the Dave Rawlings Machine, Holy Holy, the Bad Plus and Joshua Redman

Freddie Gibbs

Thursday, April 14, at the Granada

Freddie Gibbs, a rugged rapper from Indiana, once dubbed himself the “Baby Face Killa.” Boosted by collaborations with artists ranging from the eclectic star Pharrell Williams to the indie-pop favorite ZZ Ward, Gibbs has cultivated a crossover audience for his disturbing gangsta rap. With Blkflanl and Super Shaq Gonzoe.

Tickets are $20 in advance through


Thursday, April 14, at the Riot Room

“Colossal,” the signature song of the Dutch producer Cesqeaux, doesn’t contribute any new innovations to electronic dance music. Instead, “Colossal” refines and consolidates recent advancements in barbarous trap-inflected EDM. Dancers at the Riot Room are likely to sense their hands and feet involuntarily elevating on Thursday night. With DJ Spinstyles.

Tickets are $10 in advance through


Thursday, April 14, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Fourteen months ago, the Americana band based near Louisville, Ky, performed at the Bottleneck in Lawrence. A crowd that could fill the Bottleneck several times over will sing along to Houndmouth’s improbable hit “Sedona” on Thursday. The song is a twangy tribute to the scenic Arizona town. With Lucy Dacus.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

The Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw

Thursday, April 14, at Knuckleheads

Although the Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw are known for entirely different forms of rock, the disparate collaborators have embarked on another joint tour. The Bottle Rockets, a muscular Missouri band, will perform a set of original material before serving as Crenshaw’s backing ensemble as he revives his tradition-minded 1980s hits like “Someday, Someway.”

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Hook n Sling

Friday, April 15, at the Riot Room

Anthony Maniscalco, the producer who works as Hook n Sling, established his reputation as a prime party-starter with the 2011 dance hit “Take You Higher.” The song underpins the sort of placid folk-pop associated with his fellow Australian Vance Joy with an uplifting electronic pulse. Maniscalco solidified his standing with “Break Yourself,” one of the most hedonistic party tracks of 2015. With Bobby Bohn and DJ Lektrik.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

The Mavericks

Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at Knuckleheads

Well into its third decade as a wonderfully unconventional country band, the Mavericks continue to create daring music for adventurous listeners. Powered by the booming voice of Raul Malo, the restless band will perform old favorites like “Dance the Night Away” and new material from the excellent 2015 album “Mono” during a two-night stand at Knuckleheads. Saturday’s show is sold out.

Tickets are $37.50 in advance through

Dave Rawlings Machine

Saturday, April 16, at the Folly Theater

Dave Rawlings and his longtime collaborator Gillian Welch may not be prolific, but almost all of the folk-based music they’ve created is immensely profound. The seven albums they’ve released in the last 20 years are timeless gems. Haunting selections like “Revelator” and “The Last Pharaoh” sound as if they could have been composed in the 1920s.

Tickets range from $24.50 to $34.50 in advance through

Holy Holy

Saturday, April 16, at the Uptown Theater

David Bowie’s death in January reduced the number of remaining Spiders From Mars to one. Woody Woodmansey, Bowie’s drummer on the landmark 1972 album “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars,” revives vintage Bowie material with classic rock luminaries including the renowned producer Tony Visconti in the all-star band Holy Holy.

Tickets are $30 and $50 in advance through

Record Store Day

Saturday, April 16, at area record stores

Originally conceived as a marketing tool to raise the profile of independent music retailers, Record Store Day has become an annual holiday for vinyl enthusiasts. Even people who don’t have any interest in lining up for an opportunity to purchase limited edition copies of the day’s exclusive releases, such as a red vinyl 7-inch single of four songs from a forthcoming Bob Dylan album, have plenty of reasons to flock to area record stores on Saturday. Mills Record Company, 314 Westport Road, is hosting performances by 20 bands on two stages in its future home around the corner, 4045 Broadway Blvd. Artists range from the highly touted rapper Gee Watts to A.J. Gaither’s one-man band. Vinyl Renaissance, 7932 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, features a relatively modest slate of two bands, but one of them is the Mavericks. The band responsible for exceptional hits like “What a Crying Shame” has been flouting country music traditions for more than 25 years. The up-and-coming indie-pop band the Greeting Committee and the Afrobeat ensemble Hearts of Darkness are among the prominent Kansas City bands on the slate at Josey Records, 1814 Oak St. Records With Merritt, 1614 Westport Road, and Revolution Records, 1830 Locust St., are among the additional retailers offering live music.

All performances are free. Details are available at,,, and

The Bad Plus featuring Joshua Redman

Saturday, April 16, at the Gem Theater

Staid jazz traditionalists dismiss the members of the Bad Plus as impertinent subversives. The trio’s admirers commend the band from Minnesota for invigorating the form with sorely needed energy. The Bad Plus will be supplemented by the similarly aggressive saxophonist Joshua Redman in an appearance in the American Jazz Museum’s Jammin’ at the Gem concert series.

Tickets are $45 in advance through

Mumford & Sons

Monday, April 18, at the Sprint Center

Not every fan of Mumford & Sons was pleased by the expansive new sound the band rolled out on its 2015 album “Wilder Mind.” After finding massive success as folk revivalists, the British group largely abandoned its acoustic approach for a more conventional rock sound that’s capable of filling arenas. The sonic gamble may be vindicated at the Sprint Center on Monday. With Blake Mills.

Tickets are $43 and $58 in advance through


Tuesday, April 19, at the Sprint Center

Pentatonix served as the opening act for Adam Lambert at a concert in Independence four months ago, but fans of the colorful a cappella group clearly outnumbered enthusiasts of the standout “American Idol” competitor. Pentatonix’s rapid ascent was further accelerated when the quintet performed with Stevie Wonder at the Grammy Awards ceremony in February. With Us The Duo and AJ.

Tickets range from $27.50 to $73 in advance through

The Band of Heathens

Tuesday, April 19, at Knuckleheads

Long before Austin became a tech industry hub and the host of the sprawling SXSW music conference, the likes of Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker made the city the capital of outlaw country. The Band of Heathens maintains that ornery Austin tradition with twang-laden rock songs about burning the candle at both ends. With Chicago Farmer.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Iris DeMent

Wednesday, April 20, at the Lawrence Arts Center

Iris DeMent honed her unique warble and delightfully unconventional songwriting skills while performing at open mic nights in Kansas City area venues more than 25 years ago. She’ll feature a mix of material from “The Trackless Woods,” a recent collection of songs set to the work of Russian poet Anna Akhmatova, and old favorites like “Our Town” on Wednesday. With Pieta Brown.

Tickets are $29.50 in advance through

Tedeschi Trucks Band

Wednesday, April 20, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The appeal of the Tedeschi Trucks Band isn’t limited to an abundance of masterful guitar solos. While the husband-and-wife team of Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks are among the world’s most acclaimed blues-rock guitarists, they lead an exceptionally soulful ensemble that emphasizes deep grooves and superior song craft rather than showy instrumental prowess.

Tickets range from $29.50 to $65 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star