Music News & Reviews

KC concerts Oct. 18-24: Fleetwood Mac, Erykah Badu, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kyle

Neil Finn, left, and Mike Campbell of Fleetwood Mac
Neil Finn, left, and Mike Campbell of Fleetwood Mac Invision/AP

Fleetwood Mac

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Sprint Center

The classic rock institution Fleetwood Mac has withstood several lineup shifts since its 1967 inception in London. Fleetwood Mac underwent another lineup change this year. Lindsey Buckingham, the American who helped transform the band into a commercial juggernaut in the 1970s, is out. Mike Campbell, an essential component of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, and Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House, are in. Thursday’s concert will be the eighth show in the refreshed band’s An Evening with Fleetwood Mac tour. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $69.50-$199.50 through

Booker T. Jones

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Knuckleheads

Partly because his most essential contributions are as an instrumentalist rather than as a vocalist, Booker T. Jones’ name doesn’t ring a bell for many music lovers. Yet even casual listeners are familiar with a few of the transcendent moments Jones has contributed to American popular music. Jones’ funky organ provides the melody on the Booker T. & the M.G.’s 1962 hit, “Green Onions,” and adds a soulful undercurrent to Otis Redding’s 1966 smash “Try a Little Tenderness.” With Atlantic Express. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $28.50 through

Erykah Badu

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Sprint Center

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Erykah Badu attends the Universal Music Group’s 2018 After Party to celebrate the Grammy Awardson in January in New York. JORDAN STRAUSS Invision/AP

Thousands of vocalists cite the late jazz icon Billie Holiday as an influence, but no contemporary artist exemplifies the restless spirit of Lady Day more than Erykah Badu. The imaginative application of improvisational jazz to contemporary R&B makes Badu, 47, one of the most important musicians of her generation. Since the release of her 1996 breakout hit, “On & On,” the Texan has set the pace for innovative sounds, creative fashion and occasionally polarizing activism. With CeeLo Green and Goodie Mob. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $49.50-$125 through


8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Granada

The track record of hip-hop artists who attempt to become movie stars is spotty. Will Smith and Ice Cube are among the few men who have become bankable actors. Kyle is the latest cross-media hopeful. The genial Californian best known for “iSpy,” his silly collaboration with Lil Yachty, stars in the new Netflix comedy “The After Party.” Kyle is hedging his bets. His engaging new album includes features by notables 2 Chainz and Alessia Cara. With Marc E. Bassy and Tobi Lou. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $30 through

Groove Fest

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at Knuckleheads

Andy Frasco, the party-minded Los Angeles musician who tops the bill of Groove Fest, has a popular song with lyrics that say, “I take Viagra in the morning, I drink a Red Bull at 3 am … it’s a regular day but to you it might be insane.” Adopting that ribald attitude may help ambitious revelers thrive at Groove Fest. Six funky ensembles — Frasco’s group, the Kris Lager Band, Groovement, the MGDs, Stone Cutters Union and the Band That Saved the World — will inspire dancers on two stages. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $17.50 through

Gregory Alan Isakov

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at The Truman

Gregory Alan Isakov became a leader of the ongoing folk renaissance by cleverly sampling the most appealing components of the style’s past and present. The native of South Africa combines shades of the experimental electronic textures associated with contemporary innovators such as Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens with the melodic sensibilities of old-school singer-songwriters such as Jim Croce and Jackson Browne. His impressive new album, “Evening Machines,” is loaded with winsome songs calibrated to elicit emotional epiphanies. With Oh Pep! 816-205-8560. Tickets are $27.50 through


8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at RecordBar

Slothrust’s misleading name is likely a primary reason the trio still performs in nightclubs rather than concert halls eight years after banding together in Boston. There’s nothing lethargic or decrepit about Slothrust’s indie-rock. Fronted by charismatic vocalist and songwriter Leah Wellbaum, the band creates engaging songs that merit a substantially larger audience. “Double Down,” the opening track of Slothrust’s fourth album, “The Pact,” is one of the catchiest rock songs of 2018. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $14 through

The Rushmore of Nerdcore

8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Riot Room

Just as authors are advised to “write what you know,” the most effective rappers rhyme about their life experiences. Rather than pretending they’re fluent in the criminal underworld that’s a frequent topic of gangster rappers, the men featured on the Rushmore of Nerdcore tour analyze geek-friendly subjects such as science, television games shows, grammar and “Star Wars.” The five men on the bill — MC Frontalot, MC Chris, MC Lars, Mega Ran and Schäffer the Darklord — are among nerdcore’s biggest stars. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $12 through