Wednesday October 12
PhoenixThe Midland, $29.50 – $59.50
France’s favorite alternative pop rockers have a new album, Alpha Zulu, and are moving from their quartet to a six-piece live. We just saw the band live again last month in Minneapolis, on the tour
s first stop and seemed somewhat surprised that they opened their set with one of their greatest hits, “Lisztomania” but it sets the tone for a fun evening. Tonight from new album features vampire weekendit is Ezra Koenig who can also be seen singing in the music video.
Tai GreensThe Truman, $25-$50
Cali singer-songwriter who made a splash with last year’s single “AOK” returns with new second album HDTV (a sequel to the first album TV), and a fall tour of the same name.
Lyle Lovett w John HiattDowntown,$59 to $125
Two absolute legends perform an acoustic evening (separately and hopefully together).
Multi-Grammy winner Lovett blends country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues, and has earned accolades like Texas State Musician and the Americana Music Association’s Pioneer Award.
Hi has been hailed as “one of the shrewdest rock singer-songwriters of the past 40 years” by the Los Angeles Times and artists from BB King, Buddy Guy and Emmylou Harris to Iggy Pop, Paula Abdul and Rosanne Cash all have covers of his memorable songs.
Slift, Neck. $20-$25
French stoner rockers led by the Fossat brothers who released a live album, Levitation sessions, Last year. Pop/rock denizens of KC Jhe moose open.
Thursday October 13
Batushka with To hate and hideous deity, Granada. $25
Hailing from Poland, this popular black metal band fronted by Krzysztof Drabikowski has been relatively quiet lately, due to the pandemic and a legal name dispute with a former vocalist, but now seem set to return to the stage.
Another Polish Blackened Death Metal Band To hate and hideous deityan Italian technical brutal death metal band listed as support, making this a truly international night of headbanging.
Friday October 14
Paramore w Young the Giant, Japanese Breakfast, Azura Amph, $36-$205.50
Saving the best for last, this open-air venue’s final show of the season features an eclectic alternative triple bill, which many have been looking forward to all year. Headliners Paramore reunited and the pop punk band released a new single, “This is Why” from a brand new album of the same name, released in late February. Recent gigs have kicked off with the new single, frontman Hayley Williams even plays a song from her solo release, and Zac Ferro sings lead on a half noise cover.
Count us as fans of the California band Young the Giantwho we last saw in 2019 and who have a new single, “Wake Up” ahead of the brand new album, American Bollywood, to come and which will compile four recent EPs. They opened with the new single, expecting it and hits like “Cough Syrup”, “Something to Believe In”, “Apartment” and Superposition” live.
There are fewer more inspiring success stories than Japanese breakfast and the story of Michelle Zauner who worked through the grief of her mother’s death to produce a bestselling book and a huge, groundbreaking album, Jubilee and the hits “Be Sweet” and “Paprika” which were performed on SNL and more recently, Austin city limits, to give the band even more mainstream exposure. We followed Zauner and co. since early 2017 and have seen the band live three times in just over the last year, so yes, we are die-hard fans and couldn’t be happier with their success.
Clutch w Quicksand, HelmetOctober 14, downtown, $37 to $55
A Powerful Trio as Groove Rock Masters CLUTCH complete this 26-date race with Helmet and Quicksands. Only “We aim for excellence” preceded the latest album, Sunrise on Slaughter Beach, which was released last month on the band’s own label and entered the Top 3 on the Billboard Hard Rock charts. We last saw them live, in 2016 at First Avenue in Minneapolis.
Lizzo with LatteT-Mobile Center, $39.50 to $129.50
No doubt she is Special!– we knew that from the start, having followed her for years in Minneapolis (both with the band Grrrl party then solo) to refine his brand of stardom after arriving from Houston. With the new charting album #2, Specialshe collaborates with artists like cold game and it features massive radio hits “About Damn Time,” “2 Be Loved” and the title track.
She graduated in full arenas on this tour which won’t stop until next March in London and her fellow rapper Lattewhich is the single “Big Energy” from the album 777ruled the summer waves, will open.
DeorroThe Truman, $30-$50
The Mexicali DJ/producer has a new feature, OROreleased on legendary dance label Ultra Records, and recently collaborated with Gente De Zona, Tiestoand Los Tucanes de Tijuana with Maffiy. OKAY and Chuwe listed as acts of support.
G Love and special sauce, Performance by Steve TilfordGrenada-Lawrence, $15-$125
The Philly rock, blues and hip-hop trio converge again to play the annual concert Performance by Steve Tilford outdoors in downtown Lawrence, in support of their latest, Philadelphia Mississippi (via Philadelphonic Records) released in June. We captured last year’s worthy benefit gala live, featuring a performance by Michel Franti Trioand the best ticket even includes dinner before the concert.
Shaquille O Neal aka DJ Diesel, University of KS Late Night in Phog, Allen Fieldhouse – Lawrence, free with RSVP
The reigning National champions start their title defense with this traditional kick-off rally. The star of Kazam will bring his Shaq-Fu magic and DJ skills to headline the event (we saw him spin during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis) and KU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will kick off the unofficial start to the season with scrimmages, sketches and more.
This year’s event will once again feature Phog Festival on the prior right of Allen Landfrom 2:00 p.m. Students will be allowed entry at 4:45 p.m., with doors for the general public opening at 5:00 p.m. Admission will continue to be free for fans, however, tickets will need to be claimed online in advance, with all seats outside the reserved student section.
Death Cab for Cutie w Low, The Midland POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY 2023
Sales, Grenada CANCELED
saturday october 15
matt maesonThe Truman, $25-$50
The Virginia native has really exploded onto the scene over the past few years, initially hitting it with “Cringe” in late 2016 and most recently last year’s “Hallucinogenics” which topped the Billboard charts. Never Had to Leave is his second album, released in August on Atlantic Records, with the latest single, “Problems”. It first hit our radar in 2018.
Charleston Alternative Rockers Everyone get out should open, in support of the full length, Kodak.
Get up childrenGranada-Lawrence, free
Anyone who’s recently missed them in KC can drive the half hour west and see the band for free at this 8pm outdoor show downtown.
Boombox Cartel, Will have. $40
Los Angeles-based DJ consisting of producer Americo Garcia (from Laredo, TX) and his writing partner Jorge Medina (from Monterrey, MX) who have a new single, “Heart of Stone (featuring Neva) – a night of dubstep, heavy bass and trap.
carbon sheet, Knucklesheads. $22.50
Richmond, VA alt-country/americana indie-rock quintet set to release new music, whose last release was a 2018 album, but celebrate their 30th anniversarye anniversary next year, so maybe some new sounds are on offer.
sunday october 16
FKJ (French kiwi juice), The Midland, $34.50
Tours, France multi-instrumentalist / live looper (aka Vincent Fenton) has a house music record called vincent on one of our favorite independent labels, Mom+Pop, and latest unique “Greener” features carlos santana.