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Shows to see before you’re stuffed: Lady Gaga, St. Vincent, NONAME, Flying Lotus

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This would be a good article to share with your friends that say “there’s nothing to do” in this town. It’s a week before Thanksgiving and you’d think it’d be nice and quiet, but—nope—the calendar is massive. Lady Gaga is here on Wednesday (I wonder how many trucks it takes to move her gear) and there are six shows on Thursday I’d like to be at: Flying Lotus, Nick Offerman (sold out), Cut Copy, Slow Magic, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Turnpike Troubadours. That’s crazy. Friday is just as bad with a War Child benefit show, NONAME, Jai Wolf, Joyce Manor, Wavves, and more. We still haven’t even mentioned the great Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, who is at the Uptown on Sunday.

1116 Cut Copy/Palmbomen II at Granada

Cut Copy released their fifth studio album, “Haiku From Zero,” in September. Fortunately for us here in the middle of the map, these Aussie rockers are out touring in support of the album. It should be a night of old favorites and a good sampling of the new material, too. For fans of their brand of electronic mixed with indie rock, it doesn’t get much better than their song “Need You Now.”

1116 Flying Lotus in 3D/Seven Davis Jr/PBDY at The Midland

If it’s good enough for Thom Yorke (Radiohead), it’s good enough for me. Yorke hand-picked Flying Lotus to open for his side project, Atoms For Peace, during his 2010 tour. In 2014, Flying Lotus released his fifth studio album, “You’re Dead!” featuring collaborations from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Thundercat. The album received widespread critical acclaim and ended up on several Best Of lists, including a Best New Album accolade from Pitchfork. His current tour is “Flying Lotus in 3D.”

1117 NONAME at Liberty Hall

Hip hop gives a voice to voiceless, and NONAME is doing just that. She grew up in Chicago, raised by her grandparents, listening to the blues from acts like Buddy Guy. Through creative writing, poetry and poetry slams, she met a young man, Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, now more widely known as Chance The Rapper. Chance would invite her to collaborate with him, which led to the release of her debut album, “Telephone,” in 2016. The record received positive reviews from many music mags and blogs including Rolling Stone, who called it “some of the year’s most thought-provoking hip-hop.”

1118 KCulture Building w/ KING REACH: Craig Smith/Les Riley/KDS/Khyrstal./Leen The Flower Queen at miniBar

KCulture Building is a monthly hip hop event upstairs at miniBar promoting music and messages that need to be heard. It’s cultivated by two of my favorite performers in KC, Les Izmore (of Hearts of Darkness and Heartfelt Anarchy) and Conductor Williams (of Heartfelt Anarchy and many other projects). This month’s guest DJ is Reach, a great KC hip hop emcee. Recently a new, young performer hit my radar, Khrystal. She’ll be performing on the bill. Part of the night’s programming is a cypher—a stripped down, freestyle form of hip hop. You might have seen Eminem’s cypher recently in the news.

1119 St. Vincent at Uptown

Fans of Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent, have had many opportunities to watch her career blossom and change during visits to our area. She’s played recordBar, The Bottleneck, CrossroadsKC (with David Byrne) and Sprint Center (opening for The Black Keys). This time, she’s headlining the Uptown. At times, she has shared stories from the stage about hanging out in Lawrence. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, her sister went to KU and Annie spent some time in Lawrence along the way. She just released her fifth studio album, “MASSEDUCTION,” and change remains a constant theme in her musical evolution. The album has only been out a few weeks and has already reached the number 10 spot on the Billboard 200. Grab your tickets soon—this one should sell out— and hopefully her concert at The Uptown will be one of your favorite shows this year.

11/15 And the Kids at The Riot Room

11/15 Blue October/Missio at Granada

11/15 Children Of Bodom at The Truman

11/16 Jessica Lea Mayfield/Blank Range at The Riot Room

11/16 Turnpike Troubadours/Charley Crockett at Liberty Hall

11/17 A Benefit Concert for War Child Run WIth It/Duncan Burnett /Jake Wells at The Rino

11/17 Cindy Wilson of The B52’s/Olivia Jean at The Riot Room

11/17 Jai Wolf/Elohim/Yung Wall Street at The Truman

11/17 Joyce Manor/Wavves/Culture Abuse at The Bottleneck

11/17 Truck Stop Love (reunion show)/The Pedaljets/Red Kate/Chris Tolle at recordBar

11/18 Brandy Clark/Szlachetka at recordBar

11/18 James McMurtry at Knuckleheads

11/18 Queen’s Greatest Hits with the Kansas City Symphony at Kauffman Center

11/18 Story of the Year at Voodoo at Harrahs

11/18 The Project H at The Black Dolphin

11/18 Truckstop Love (album release show)/Red Kate/Headlight Rivals/Hannah Norris at The Bottleneck

11/18 Wade Bowen/Andrew Foshee at The Truman

11/20 Pale Waves at recordBar

11/21 Alice Merton at recordBar

11/21 I Prevail at The Truman

11/22 Mac Lethal/DJ P at The Truman

11/22 Danielle Nicole Band/HiLux at Knuckleheads

11/22 Ha Ha Tonka/Me Like Bees at recordBar

11/23 Steddy P and DJ Mahf/Lincoln Marshall/Nakama Music Group/Scotty Wu at recordBar

11/23 The Schwag at Uptown

11/24 and 11/25 The Rainmakers at recordBar

11/24 Kasey Rausch/Sara Morgan/Kelly Hunt a benefit for Rose Brooks Foundation at Knuckleheads

11/24 Yes You Are/Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type/YGodY at recordBar

11/25 Bad Dreamer (album release show)/Hate Shapes/Les Riley at miniBar

11/25 Joywave/Hembree/The Aces/Maybird at The Truman

11/25 The Architects/Brandon Phillips & The Condition/The Gadjits/Other Americans at Daveys

11/25 The Elders at Knuckleheads

11/25 The Grand Marquis/The Big Sky/Dan Bliss at Westport Saloon

11/29 Straight No Chaser at The Midland

11/29 The Life and Times/Giant’s Chair/Ex Acrobat at recordBar

11/30 Chad Prather at The Truman

11/30 Damien Escobar at The Midland

11/30 Freight Train Rabbit Killer/Smokestack Relics/Ghosts of Grandad’s Past/Erik Arvoy at Westport Saloon


Shows to see before you’re stuffed: Lady Gaga, St. Vincent, NONAME, Flying Lotus