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The best music in Kansas City this weekend: Brothers Osborne, Dr. Dog, Halsey, Drake, Dru Hill and Duran Duran

Drake will perform Saturday, July 23, at the Sprint Center.
Drake will perform Saturday, July 23, at the Sprint Center. EDGAR VALENCIA

Brothers Osborne

Thursday, July 21, at KC Live

By combining the soulfulness of country rebel Chris Stapleton with the bro-country appeal of Florida Georgia Line, Brothers Osborne is one of the biggest breakout acts of 2016. The duo of John and T.J. Osborne will perform memorable selections like “21 Summer” and “Stay a Little Longer” from their debut album, “Pawn Shop,” at Thursday’s free concert.

▪ 7 p.m. Thursday, July 21. KC Live. 816-842-1045. Free.

Dr. Dog

Thursday, July 21, at Crossroads KC

Self-awareness is an admirable quality in musicians. By naming their ninth and most recent album “Psychedelic Swamp,” the members of Philadelphia band Dr. Dog demonstrated that they understand precisely how their work is perceived by dubious skeptics. The cultish fans of Dr. Dog’s wobbly rock will delight in renditions of the band’s offbeat gems like “The World May Never Know” on Thursday. With Shakey Graves.

▪ 8 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $25-$61.50 in advance.

John McEuen

Friday, July 22, at Knuckleheads

Long before groups like Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks reintroduced country music to the rock audience, John McEuen played a major role in making vintage bluegrass and country sounds fashionable among the Woodstock generation. As a founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, McEuen helped created the landmark 1972 album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” He’s likely to share stories about the influential recording at Friday’s solo concert.

▪ 7 p.m. Friday, July 22. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $25 in advance.

Rooftop Vigilantes

Friday, July 22, at the Blind Tiger and Saturday, July 23, at the Replay Lounge

“Let It Be,” the impertinent title of the Rooftop Vigilantes’ new release, sounds much more like the irreverent 1984 album by the Replacements than the Beatles’ swan song. The Lawrence band applies its slovenly garage rock to surprisingly orderly songs on the impressive new recording. With Shy Boys, Conquerors and Toys That Kill on Friday. With Psychic Heat and Wendy Moira on Saturday.

▪ 10 p.m. Friday, July 22. Blind Tiger. 816-599-2908. The cover charge is $5.

▪ 10 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Replay Lounge. 785-749-7676. The cover charge is $3.


Friday, July 22, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Lorde has been unsettlingly quiet since the massive success of her 2013 album “Pure Heroine.” The New Zealand star has informally relinquished her role as the queen of angst-ridden pop to 21-year-old New Jersey native Halsey. Her slightly addled breakout hit “New Americana” may be the definitive anthem of Halsey’s generation. With Oh Wonder.

▪ 8 p.m. Friday, July 22. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 1-888-929-7849. Tickets to the officially sold-out show were $39.50 in advance.


Saturday, July 23, at the Sprint Center

Drake, the most popular rapper in the world, laid out his agenda on his recent single “Summer Sixteen.” In addition to “looking for revenge,” Drake suggests that he intends to “tell Obama that my verses are just like the whips that he in. They bulletproof.” He’s likely to validate many of his boasts at Saturday’s sold-out concert. With Future, Roy Woods and Dvsn.

▪ 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. $47.50-$127.50 in advance.

Dru Hill

Saturday, July 23, at Municipal Auditorium

Chris Rock’s cruel joke that popular music stars are often “here today … gone today” applies to the five acts on the Summer of Love tour. Each of the slightly passé attractions was once the hottest act in R&B. Dru Hill topped the charts with three songs in the 1990s. Faith Evans, the widow of slain rap star the Notorious B.I.G., is still a compelling vocalist. With Keyshia Cole, Jagged Edge and 112.

▪ 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23. Municipal Auditorium. 800-653-8000. $44-$84 in advance.

Duran Duran

Sunday, July 24, at Starlight Theatre

Even though the handsome visages of the members of Duran Duran advanced the British band’s prospects during the height of the visually oriented MTV era, the group was rarely mistaken for an inconsequential boy band. Hits like “Rio” were bolstered by the unmistakable influence of dance music pioneers like Duran Duran’s current tour mates Chic. Also with Tokimonsta.

▪ 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. $35.95-$185.95 in advance.


Monday, July 25, at the Riot Room

“The Worst,” Jhené Aiko’s glitchy 2013 R&B hit, has inspired countless musicians. Kiiara is one of the most successful artists to recast the sound of Aiko’s signature song. The wavy lilt of the hit “Gold” has launched the career of the aspiring pop star who is prone to tweeting commentary like “where tha drugs at.” With Lil Aaron.

▪ 8 p.m. Monday, July 25. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $10 in advance.

Indigo Girls

Wednesday, July 27, at Crossroads KC

Versatility is a key element of the extended success of Indigo Girls’ career. The duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers performed with the Kansas City Symphony at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts during their last appearance in Kansas City. Indigo Girls will play their beloved folk-rock hits like “Closer to Fine” in a markedly less formal setting on Wednesday. With Great Caesar.

▪ 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. $25-$76.50 in advance.

Culture Club

Wednesday, July 27, at Kauffman Center

Culture Club’s reunion tour may be the most unlikely of all the recent band reconciliations. Following the group’s commercial heyday in the early 1980s, the British band’s colorful front person Boy George repeatedly made headlines for the types of behaviors that often end in tragedy. Fortunately, Boy George and his gorgeous voice are intact. He’ll croon hits like “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me” on Wednesday.

▪ 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Muriel Kauffman Theatre. 816-483-1456. $79-$129 in advance.

Big Time Grain Company

Wednesday, July 27, at Kauffman Stadium

Big Time Grain Company’s faithful covers of country hits by the likes of the Zac Brown Band, Garth Brooks and Alabama have made it a top-shelf attraction in area bars and festivals. The Overland Park-based band will provide baseball fans with an opportunity to kick up their heels as part of the Ink Night festivities prior to Wednesday’s game.

▪ 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. The show is free for ticketholders to the game.