Music News & Reviews

KC concerts Nov. 15-21: John Prine, TLC, Lucero, Twenty One Pilots

Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots
Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots The New York Times

John Prine

8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland


Unforgettable songs like “Sam Stone” and “Angel From Montgomery” on John Prine’s 1971 debut album sound as if they were written and performed by a sage old man. Decades later, Prine, 72, continues to compose discerning gems that overflow with hard-won wisdom and troublesome truths. The revered singer-songwriter and cancer survivor addresses mortality on his latest album, “The Tree of Forgiveness.” Renditions of mordant new compositions, including “When I Get to Heaven,” should make hisconcert acutely wistful. With Conor Oberst. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $62.50-$102.50 through


8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, at Madrid Theatre

Devotees of Bruce Springsteen who pine for the era in which their hero made high-volume, melodramatic rock with sing-along choruses need look no further than Lucero. The outstanding roots-rock ensemble from Memphis has never channeled Springsteen more effectively than on its new release, “Among the Ghosts.” Cathartic, uplifting and incisive songs like “Everything Has Changed” act as thrilling homages to Springsteen’s 1980 masterwork, “The River.” With Sons of Great Dane. 816-753-8880. Tickets are $22-$100.50 through

David Crosby

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Liberty Hall

David Crosby, 77, doesn’t hesitate to share his political opinions or bash forms of music he considers unworthy. The accomplished singer-songwriter’s track record backs up his bold words. The founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash continues to build on his standout solo career by creating intriguing new music with young collaborators. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $50-$126 through

G Herbo

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Uptown Theater

Discussions about G Herbo often rekindle the timeworn debate about whether rappers with violent lyrics are merely reporting on mayhem or are inciting further bloodshed. The raps of the artist born Herbert Wright III in Chicago in 1995 give voice to the nihilism of his peers who die with alarming regularity on the dangerous streets of the city often disparaged as Chiraq. A leader of the percussive drill movement, Wright is among hip-hop’s most controversial figures. With Lil James, Q Money, Southside and Queen Key. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $30 through


8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Ameristar

TLC members T-Boz, left, and Chilli. Courtesy

TLC, the trio of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, bridged the chasm between R&B and hip-hop in the 1990s. Irresistible hits like “Baby-Baby-Baby,” “Creep,” “No Scrubs” and “Waterfalls” retain their freshness. “Waterfalls,” with the chorus’ admonishment against “chasing waterfalls” and its plea to “stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to,” is an indelible cultural touchstone. Lopes was killed in a traffic accident in 2002, but Watkins and Thomas will revive their hits. 816-414-7000. Tickets are $50-$70 through

Myles Kennedy

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at VooDoo

Lamentable attrition among old-school rock vocalists has elevated the standing of Myles Kennedy. The deaths of notables including Chris Cornell and Scott Weiland make Kennedy’s piercing singing even more valuable. As the lead vocalist in the hard-rock group Alter Bridge and in a band led by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Kennedy is an esteemed veteran. Kennedy ratchets back his gilded vocals on his recently released solo debut album, “Year of the Tiger,” a nuanced set on which he flexes his range. With Walking Papers. 816-472-7777. Tickets are $24.50 through

Danielle Nicole

8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Knuckleheads

The powerhouse vocals and groove-oriented bass-playing of Danielle Nicole Schnebelen made Trampled Under Foot one of the most popular bands in Kansas City earlier this decade. Schnebelen has since expanded her musical range as a solo artist. Her soulful new album, “Cry No More,” shows that she’s far more than a blues-rock belter. In addition to interpreting her own material, Schnebelen will pay tribute to late icons Etta James and Aretha Franklin in a show billed as an “American Music Experience.” 816-483-1456. Tickets are $25-$45 through

Twenty One Pilots

7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Sprint Center

The creative staging Twenty One Pilots presented at its 2016 concert at the Sprint Center was more impressive than the more elaborate productions of many artists who invest far more on flashy special effects. The Ohio duo of Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph have incorporated additional stimulating elements into its current Bandito Tour. A composite of synth-pop, hip-hop, rock and electronic dance music, the duo makes an entirely modern sound with correspondingly inventive visuals. With Awolnation and Max Frost. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $39.50-79.50 through