Shows to see before you’re stuffed: Lady Gaga, St. Vincent, NONAME, Flying Lotus
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.
11⁄16 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.”
11⁄16 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.”
11⁄17 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.”
11⁄18 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.
11⁄19 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.
11/20 Pale Waves at recordBar
11/21 I Prevail at The Truman
11/23 The Schwag at Uptown
11/24 and 11/25 The Rainmakers at recordBar