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KC concerts: Diiv, Tech N9ne, Journey, Zac Brown Band and Dale Watson

Zac Brown Band will perform Friday, May 27, at the Sprint Center.
Zac Brown Band will perform Friday, May 27, at the Sprint Center. Southern Reel


Thursday, May 26, the Bottleneck

The controversies that have swirled around Zachary Cole Smith of Diiv since the release of his band’s acclaimed 2012 debut album, “Oshin,” often made it seem as if a follow-up might never be released. Yet Diiv’s new album, “Is the Is Are,” is an even more impressive set of downcast dream-pop. Patient admirers of Diiv and a few detractors hoping to catch Smith on an off night will congregate at the Bottleneck on Thursday. With the Paranoyds.

Tickets are $16 in advance through

Tech N9ne

Thursday, May 26, at KC Live

Tech N9ne, the self-proclaimed Kansas City King, returns to the unofficial town square of the metropolis on Thursday. Technicians — the ardent admirers of the bawdy speed rapper — are advised to purchase tickets in advance. Tech N9ne’s appearance on the KC Live stage in the Power & Light District eight months ago sold out. With Krizz Kaliko, Rittz, Mayday, Stevie Stone and Ces Cru.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Sissy Spacek

Thursday, May 26, at the FOKL Center

A contender for the title of the world’s most dissonant rock band, Sissy Spacek creates hellish noise that often sounds like a ghastly collision of two school buses. A project overseen by prolific Los Angeles-based musician and graphic designer John Wiese, Sissy Spacek deliberately tests the endurance of even the most seasoned noise enthusiasts. With Bath Consolidated, Napalm Meth, Powers & Light and Recidivist.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at

Zac Brown Band

Friday, May 27, at the Sprint Center

The eclectic discography of the Zac Brown Band can resemble the sound of a restless listener impatiently scanning the radio dial. The Georgia ensemble plays soft pop, hard rock, whining country, robust bluegrass and exultant dance music. The group’s Black Out the Sun tour offers a fast-paced panorama of sounds. With Drake White and the Big Fire.

Tickets range from $47.50 to $77.50 in advance through

Cowgirl’s Train Set

Friday, May 27, at the Jazzhaus

The alternative bluegrass band Cowgirl’s Train Set impressed a few dozen unsuspecting listeners at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest earlier this month. The unusual instrumentation of the Lawrence-based ensemble includes a saxophone and banjo. The energetic group freely mixes bluegrass, folk, punk and gypsy jazz. With Tyler Gregory.

The cover charge is $4. Details are available at

Andrew W.K.

Friday, May 27, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Andrew W.K. has launched a new initiative for Americans who are dissatisfied with the existing political establishment. The Party Party is intended to surmount “the divisive labeling of our current system.” The celebrated party-starter will perform spirited favorites like “Party Hard” and “It’s Time to Party” on Friday. With Dreamers, the Young Wild and the Sluts.

Details about the free concert are available at

Dale Watson

Friday, May 27, at the Westport Saloon

The recent death of Merle Haggard elevated Dale Watson from his longstanding role as a stalwart country traditionalist to one of the foremost keepers of Haggard’s flame. Watson is best known for his stubborn adherence to an unvarnished country sound. His late-night appearance in the intimate Westport Saloon caps the official pre-party of the Westport Roots Festival. With Dusty Rust, Kasey Rausch and the Hardship Letters.

Tickets are $40 in advance through and include admission to Saturday’s Westport Roots Festival.


Saturday, May 28, at the Sprint Center

The hits will just keep on comin’ at the Sprint Center on Saturday. Opening act Dave Mason will revive the 1960s nuggets he created as a member of Traffic like “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and solo hits including “We Just Disagree.” The Doobie Brothers will re-create 1970s staples like “Takin’ It to the Streets.” “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” will be among the Journey hits certain to incite massive singalongs.

Tickets range from $27.95 to $127.95 in advance through

Westport Roots Festival

Saturday, May 28, in four Westport venues

More than 60 rockabilly, bluegrass, folk and country ensembles will perform on six stages at five venues during the third incarnation of the Westport Roots Festival. Sarah Gayle Meech, a defiantly traditional Nashville-based country crooner, and the reunion of the beloved Kansas City alternative country band Pendergast are among the highlights of the ambitious hoedown.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels

Saturday, May 28, at Knuckleheads

Adrenaline-fueled bursts of hormonal fervor, the manic hits of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels were once the most unhinged songs on radio station playlists. “Little Latin Lupe Lu,” the Detroit rocker’s first big hit, was released 50 years ago. “Devil With a Blue Dress On” and “Jenny Take a Ride” are among the other frenzied rockers Ryder will revive at Knuckleheads on Saturday. With the Tommy C Band.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Wheeler Walker Jr.

Tuesday, May 31, at the Granada

Ben Hoffman, the comedian responsible for the 2013 Comedy Central television series “The Ben Show,” creates astonishingly vulgar country music as Wheeler Walker Jr. The stomach-churning filth of his disconcertingly hilarious novelty songs are couched in appealing traditional honky-tonk settings.

Tickets are $15 in advance through


Tuesday, May 31, at the Riot Room

One of the leading bands of the British hardcore punk movement of the 1980s, Subhumans have provided inspiration for countless disenfranchised listeners. Slightly more ambitious than many of its peers, Subhumans released the seminal punk anthem “Mickey Mouse Is Dead” in 1983 and the virulent concept album “From the Cradle to the Grave” in 1984. With Pears.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Yes You Are

Wednesday, June 1, at Kauffman Stadium

Partly because the ensemble is led by Kianna Alarid, a former member of the beloved indie-pop band Tilly and the Wall, Yes You Are is a fully formed group that’s equipped to perform grandiose original songs like “World Without End” on big stages. Yes You Are will perform on the Outfield Experience stage prior to Wednesday’s game as part of Ink’s Student Night festivities.

The show is free to ticketholders to the game. Details are available at