Lazlo and the crew over at 96.5 the Buzz have spent the past few weeks blitzing listeners with ominous warnings about the station's health: Ratings are down, and Entercom is threatening to end the whole operation. Throwing a big, free concert at the Midland is probably not going to solve these problems, but a show of moral support never hurts. The lineup is nothing if not Buzz-friendly. On tap: neo-Motown hipsters Fitz and the Tantrums, '90s alt-rock slackers the Lemonheads, blues-tinged classic rock from Beware of Darkness, and folk stomps from locals Quiet Corral.
Friday, April 26, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)
Sonic Spectrum Tribute to Glam Rock
What to expect from a glam-rock tribute? Bowie, for sure. T. Rex, probably. Roxy Music, maybe. New York Dolls, maybe. Gary Glitter? Perhaps we're getting ahead of ourselves. Supplying the theatricality and spandex this evening are local acts Soft Reeds, Vi Tran Band, and Glitterdick, a group featuring members of Drew Black and Dirty Electric and the Quivers.
Sunday, April 28, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
Canadian chanteuse Diana Krall tends to attach her sultry voice to classy jazz standards. But on her latest, Glad Rag Doll, she's straying from the script a bit. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album finds Krall flipping through songbooks from the 1920s and '30s, and going for a looser parlor feel. To add to the music's speakeasiness during shows on this tour, Krall projects silent black-and-white films from the era behind the stage. If you want to pretend like you live in Boardwalk Empire, this could be your jam.
Wednesday, May 1, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)
Christine McVie formally retired from Fleetwood Mac after 1997's reunion album, The Dance. The rest of the old gang is on hand, though: Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie and Stevie Nicks. I can't vouch for the rest of these 60-somethings, but I saw Lindsey Buckingham perform solo last year, and he's still in full command of his abilities. Plus, I'm seeing some nice Tusk representation on this tour's set lists, so I'm gonna go ahead and call this one a can't-miss.
Tuesday, April 30, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)
Acid Mothers Temple
Japanese psych schizos Acid Mothers Temple have drawn on folk, free-jazz and world music during the roughly two decades that they've been a band. If there's anything cohesive to be said about the group's prolific output, it's that it's noisy, sometimes terrifying and definitely an acquired taste.
Tuesday, April 30, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
Cowboy Indian Bear
It's been something like three years since Cowboy Indian Bear put out a new album. The Lawrence quartet rectifies that void this week when it releases Live Old, Die Young, a collection of triumphant, atmospheric rock songs that occupy a middle space between Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. Helping the group celebrate are Heartfelt Anarchy, the local hip-hop duo, and Palace, an indie-pop group from St. Louis that shares a label (the Record Machine) with Cowboy Indian Bear.
Thursday, April 25, at Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club (3402 Main, 816-753-1909)
It's a big week for the Record Machine: In addition to a new record from Cowboy Indian Bear, the local label is dropping Blank City, the latest from nervy glam-rockers Soft Reeds. Joining them on this bill to celebrate are the young garage-pop enthusiasts Rev Gusto and veteran space-rockers Be/Non.
Friday, April 26, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)