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Weekend Roundup: Not For the Faint of Heart

Above image: Crystal Rose and Payge Turner perform at Lifted Spirits Distillery tonight. | Photo: Brian Turner


In case you missed it, we premiered an entertaining music video from Westerners last week. This weekend, the boys are hitting Kansas City and Lawrence, Kansas, with copies of their new album, “Reoccurring Dream Theme.” See them tonight at Mills Record Company with Shortsweather, and Saturday at Love Garden Sounds with CS Luxem and No Magic. Both shows are free.

If you’re staying on the Kansas side, you won’t want to miss tonight’s show at Replay Lounge. A staple of the Lawrence scene, Dean Monkey and the Dropouts is disbanding after six years, but not before going out in style. The funky doo-wop collective will also be releasing “Love is a Hate Machine,” its final album, and celebrating with Toughies and Fullbloods.

Looking for good First Friday #kcmusic options? Lifted Spirits Distillery has got you covered. Located at 17th and Cherry Streets, you can grab a drink from the tasting room and head back to the alley behind the building for performances from Crystal Clayton, Crystal Rose, and Payge Turner and the Authors.  

If you need a femme-powered night on the town, miniBar is the place to be tonight. The four-band bill is stacked with a diverse lineup of female-fronted bands from all over the region. It starts with KC artist Jen Appell, Lawrence folk trio The Ovaries-eez, South Dakota alt rockers Baby D, and funky rockers Jade Archetype, from Manhattan, Kansas.  

Nonprofit organization Notes To The Soul has organized an event on Saturday night at recordBar, featuring a special concert from The Suburbs — one of the forebears of the Minneapolis sound that also produced bands like Prince and Hüsker Dü. They’ll be at recordBar, with KC openers John Velghe and the Prodigal Sons. Before the show, the organization will present a panel on music business, including Chris Haghirian, from The Bridge’s Eight One Sixty.  

If roots-powered rock and country is more your speed, get over to The Ship on Saturday night. The West Bottoms bar hosts four bands that don’t play often enough. Based in Lawrence, The Ants have been an underground favorite since the late ’90s. They’ll be joined by punky power-pop pals SquidsKC, The Grave Escape (fronted by Mike Niewald of The Doo-Dads and The Bindlestiffs) and Slim Hanson and the Poor Choices — which will provide you with a rare glimpse of Beau Bledsoe on electric guitar.  

Sunday’s lineup at recordBar is not for the faint of heart. After you get lost in the groovy retro soundscapes of Fullbloods, be prepared for a set from one of KC’s strongest beatmakers and producers, ConductorWilliams. These KC-based acts will be joined by Sama Dams, an experimental, soulful post-rock trio on tour from Portland, Oregon. —Michelle Bacon


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