Music News & Reviews

KC concerts Nov. 22-28: The Rainmakers, Bob Seger, Kasbo, Good Charlotte

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Ms. Jody

10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at Kansas National Guard Armory

Holiday revelers are advised to check their inhibitions at the door of the Kansas National Guard Armory. Ms. Jody, this year’s headliner at the most prominent edition of Kansas City’s long tradition of Thanksgiving breakfast dances, is a bawdy Southern soul artist from Mississippi. Risqué double entendres like “Your Dog’s About to Kill My Cat” and even less subtle songs such as “I’m a Cowgirl in the Bedroom” aren’t intended for genteel ears. With LaVelle, Lady Vivian and Millage Gilbert. 816-982-9238. Tickets are $40-$50 through

The Rainmakers

7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 23-24, at RecordBar

Countless music lovers cue up Arlo Guthrie’s seasonal saga “Alice’s Restaurant” every Thanksgiving. Local fans of heartland rock have an equally delightful and substantially louder holiday tradition. The Thanksgiving weekend shows by The Rainmakers are a perennial celebration of hometown pride. “Spend It On Love,” “Let My People Go-Go” and “Downstream” are among the 1980s hits of the Kansas City band led by Bob Walkenhorst that reflect the sentiment of the season. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $15 per night through


8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at The Truman

Carl Garsbo, 23, exemplifies pop in 2018. The up-to-the-minute music created by the Swedish electronic producer under the alias of Kasbo is an exuberant component of the new wave of synthetic sounds that characterize today’s popular music. Ed Sheeran tapped him for a intriguing remix of his hit, “Happier.” Garsbo’s solo work is even more engaging. His debut album, “Places We Don’t Know,” is loaded with propulsive tracks that sound like the realization of utopian dreams. With Vancouver Sleep Clinic. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $15-$20 through

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band

8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Sprint Center

Many musicians are duplicitous when they insist that their current tour is their final go-round. Ozzy Osbourne is among the artists who have repeatedly broken their pledges about farewell tours. Bob Seger is different. Although his 1976 classic “Live Bullet” is one of the most electrifying live rock albums ever released, the self-described “travelin’ man” has been decidedly less committed to the rigors of the road in recent decades. Fans should believe the Detroit rocker’s vow that he’s embarked on his final tour. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $47-$125 through

Tash Sultana

8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The Australian singer-songwriter Tash Sultana has multiple constituencies. They (Sultana is a non-binary person who prefers neutral pronouns) are a role model for other young people with non-traditional gender identities, an inspiration to artists who established themselves outside the mechanisms of the music industry power structure, a guitar hero to fans of technical proficiency and a pop star who splits the differences among Ed Sheeran’s bard-like tendencies, the arty R&B of Janelle Monaé and the jam band leanings of Dave Matthews. With Ocean Alley. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $39.50 through


8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at Granada

Matthew Houck, the Brooklyn-based man who operates as Phosphorescent, is one of the most distinctive of the myriad singer-songwriters working in the long shadow cast by Bob Dylan. His engaging new album, “C’est La Vie,” recalls Dylan’s low-key 1970 classic, “New Morning.” Nuanced, thoughtful and often funny, many of Houck’s songs are intimate sketches of relationships. Recounting a conversation on the title track, he groans, “‘C’est la vie’ she says, but I don’t know what that means.” With Liz Cooper & The Stampede. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $22 through


7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The members of Underoath were the odd men out on the lineup of the 2018 Rockfest. The annual rock festival held at the Kansas Speedway was dominated by conventional hard rock and heavy metal bands. As a post-punk ensemble with strong links to the Christian community, Underoath didn’t fit in. The group will receive a more hospitable reception for its bracing songs and stirring message Tuesday. With Dance Gavin Dance, Crown the Empire and the Plot In You. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50 through

Good Charlotte

6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

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Good Charlotte Raleigh

Pop-punk is having a moment. Years after it was pushed aside by the fresher sounds favored by trend-hopping listeners, interest in bands like Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and Good Charlotte has revived. The latter band from Maryland is blowing the dust off its bratty repertoire on its Generation Rx tour. Old hits “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” and “Girls & Boys” will incite rowdy, slightly nostalgic sing-alongs. With Knuckle Puck, Sleeping With Sirens and the Dose. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $38.50 through