November concerts to keep you stuffed through Thanksgiving
By Chris Haghirian, email@example.com
Happy November to you. It’s getting to be that time for holiday planning. And what could be cooler than finding a show to take out-of-towners to while they’re in KC? I’m a big fan of jazz clubs for guests. Green Lady Lounge and its brand new next-door neighbor, Black Dolphin, offer a good time regardless of who is on stage, and both are always free. Remember that bit of advice later this month when you’re trying to calm things down as someone’s carving the turkey.
Other events you might want to remember: a shoegaze band from the UK named Slowdive; a great charity event hosted by KC’s favorite son Jason Sudeikis; a show from experimental producer Flying Lotus; a raw set from rising hip hop star NONAME; and St Vincent—if you’re not at this show, I’m not sure we can be friends.
Some of the members of the band Slowdive have been making music together since they were kids. They formed in Reading, England in 1989 and became known as a shoegaze band, a type of sound featuring abrasive guitars and ethereal vocals. Shoegaze happens to be one of my favorite genres. Although they formed more than 25 years ago, the band spent much of that time hiatus. In 2014, they reunited and in March 2017, they put out their fourth album, “Slowdive”—easily one of my favorite albums of the year. Due to the long hiatus and lack of US touring, most of their fans have never seen them perform live, so the concert at the Truman will likely attract fans from all over the Midwest.
Steps of Faith is a great KC-based charity that helps the underinsured get access to prosthetic limbs. The organization is headed up by Billy Brimblecom, Jr., a long time KC musician who’s spent time behind the drumkit in many projects. Also, it just so happens that one of his best friends is Jason Sudeikis. Together they’ve been working on a concert/party/fundraiser featuring music, comedy and surprise guests. This is going to sell out, so grab your tickets quickly.
If it’s good enough for Thom Yorke, it’s good enough for me. Let me take a step back. Thom Yorke hand-picked Flying Lotus to open for his side project, Atoms For Peace, during a 2010 tour. Since then, a lot of things have happened for Steven Ellison AKA Flying Lotus. In 2014, his fifth studio album, “You’re Dead!” featured collaborations from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Thundercat and brought his work to the masses. The album received widespread critical acclaim and ended up on several Best Of lists and a Best New Album ranking from Pitchfork. His current tour is “Flying Lotus in 3D.”
One of the roles hip hop plays is to give a voice to voiceless. NONAME is doing just that She grew up in Chicago, raised by her grandparents, listening to the blues from acts like Chicago’s Buddy Guy. Through creative writing, poetry and poetry slams she met a young man, Chancelor Johnathan Bennett, 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, saying “It’s some of the year’s most thought-provoking hip-hop.”
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), Sprint Center (opening for The Black Keys) and now she’s headlining at 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 again we see interesting changes in her music. The album has only been out a few weeks and has already reached the number 10 spot on the Billboard 200. No doubt, as the year wraps up the album will end up on several Best Of lists, and hopefully her concert at The Uptown will be one of your favorite shows this year. Grab your tickets soon, this one should sell out, too.