Eighties undergrounders the Pedaljets are set to release a new album sometime early next year, which qualifies as pretty big news around these parts. The local vets' last release was written and recorded in 1990, though the self-titled album was reworked, remastered and released as we know it in 2008. To prime us for it, they're dropping a single with two new tracks, "Riverview" and "Terra Nova," their first new songs in 23 years. I haven't heard it yet, but I'm assuming that it's got that same Replacements–R.E.M.–Uncle Tupelo mojo I love about their other stuff. With John Velghe & the Prodigal Sons and Katy Guillen.
Saturday, December 15, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
Taylor Swift is totally going through an annoying phase right now. It's like she totally thinks she's hot shit, and she is, but it's like, whatever, we're sick of hearing about your famous boyfriend drama! Amirite, you guys? It's just like, ugh, OMG, and her voice isn't even that good. Carrie Underwood has a way better voice, and she's more mature and way more country, so I am just kinda more into Carrie right now. Maybe when Taylor grows up a little and stops whining about boys, she'll be cool, but right now I am totally more into Carrie's new album, Blown Away, than I am Red. OK, txt me, TTYL.
Saturday, December 15, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)
The Stone Foxes
The Stone Foxes are from San Francisco, though their sound is more Savannah, Georgia. The quartet mines a host of Southern sounds: raggedy, Robert Johnson–style acoustic slides; revved-up blues rock a la ZZ Top or the Black Crowes; and occasional alt-country ballads. Their patchy aesthetic most resembles that of the Allman Brothers, an influence apparent on "Reno," from 2010's Bears & Bulls, which liberally borrows the (admittedly awesome) stabbing guitar riff from "Whipping Post." With Cherokee Rock Rifle.
Sunday, December 16, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
The Night the Buzz Stole Christmas
As usual, KRBZ 96.5 the Buzz has scheduled a round of holiday shows this year for its loyal audience. Two have already sold out: Saturday night, headlined by stadium folkies Of Monsters and Men, and Sunday night with synth-poppers Passion Pit. Tickets are still available for Friday night, though, which features Celtic rock from Flogging Molly, plus openers Dirty Heads, Morning Parade, ZZ Ward, and the local folk-pop group Not a Planet.
Friday, December 14, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)
When Love and Danger was released earlier this year, part of the narrative that emerged was that its author, the legendary Bronx rapper Kool Keith, was retiring from music. Whether there's any truth to this is impossible to say. Keith, 49 years old and probably still the craziest living rapper, has never supplied the world with adequate explanations for his ideas. But between his creepy alter egos (Black Elvis, Dr. Octagon) and hilariously lewd lyrics (Touch my private, my thing made of stee/Shooting jism/She ride like a Geo Prism), he is, if not a national treasure exactly, at least a pretty entertaining Friday night. With locals BluntRap.
Friday, December 14, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)