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Weekend Roundup: Spooktacular

Above image: Above image: Logan Richardson releases "Blues People" today. | Photo: Ropeadope Records

 

You may have caught our premiere of Freight Train Rabbit Killer’s chilling music video debut last month. Take a look back, and join the duo at the recordBar tonight for the release of that tune – “The Tree of the Knowledge of Good + Evil” – on seven-inch vinyl. This is the second in a four-volume series of records, all part of a puzzle game put together by the band. Complete with riddles, codes and maps, this game will lead the listener to artifacts that will be revealed in the series’ final release. Tonight’s show also includes sets from 20 Watt Tombstone, My Oh My and The Peculiar Pretzelmen. Tickets are available. It’s Friday the 13th, and you know what that means — the ghouls of the Haunted Creepys are once again emerging from their crypts to play some Transylvanian rock ‘n’ roll for the masses. The Creepys only perform around Halloween or on Friday the 13th, so catch them tonight at Davey’s Uptown before they go back into hiding. They’ll be joined by blues punk rockers The Mad Kings.  

Last week, Flatland’s Dan Calderon did an excellent piece on KC’s underground electronic music scene and a few of its curators. Tonight at the Uptown Arts Bar, several of these groups team up to present the Spring (In)formal, which will include three stages of live music, beat makers, DJs and design. From lo-fi beat makers (including Los Angeles musicians Kiefer and Linafornia) to downtempo DJs and a captivating visual installation, there’s something for everyone to look forward to. The Disaster Room at miniBar presents an evening of far-out ‘60s garage psych-rock, with a heaping helping of rockabilly. Tonight, The Red-Headed League releases its newest CD, “A Fistful of Dharma,” with special guests The Cowtown Playboys and the Joey Skidmore Band.  

Whether its members are clad in white suits or Cub Scout uniforms – and even sometimes hanging out with a costumed bear mascot – the Kansas City Bear Fighters are one of the most entertaining acts around these parts. But you don’t necessarily have to be an adult to enjoy yourself. At 4 p.m. on Saturday, the Bear Fighters will put on a special children’s matinee at the Westport Saloon.  

Perhaps you need something a little more challenging for your musical palette. Join Ensemble Ibérica with Amado Espinoza, who is curating an evening of music from around the world at the Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center on Saturday. The ensemble will explore the integration of indigenous and European music, plus dance and musical instruments from Mexico, Cuba and a number of South American countries. Tickets are available.  

You may be familiar with a few past inductees to the Kansas Hall of Fame, like Melissa Etheridge, The Rainmakers, Trampled Under Foot and Brewer & Shipley. Tomorrow night, six more groups will be inducted at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas. Among them, Wichita-based bluegrass trio Split Lip Rayfield and Kansas City’s own The Elders. Tickets are available.  

 

NEW RELEASES

 

With sinister, snarling guitars and just the right amount of reckless abandon, Witch Jail dropped its latest album, “Music For Magic Moments,” last night at The Brick, and heads north to Iowa and Wisconsin this weekend. But if you missed the KC show, don’t worry. You can catch Witch Jail again next Saturday, April 20, at Josey Records for Record Store Day.  

He’s been living in Paris for a few years now, but much of Logan Richardson’s influence comes from Kansas City’s rich history of jazz and blues. The alto sax player and KC native releases “Blues People” today, an album recently featured on NPR Music’s First Listen. He also enlisted some of KC’s best jazz musicians to record with him, including drummer Ryan Lee and producer Dominique Sanders.  

If you follow Tech N9ne, you may already know Mackenzie Nicole through her collaborations with the rapper. The classically trained 18-year-old singer is releasing her debut full-length album today, and it’ll be the first release on Strange Music’s imprint, Strange Main. Curious to hear more? She’ll be on the Homegrown Stage at Boulevardia on Friday, June 15. —Michelle Bacon

 

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