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Weekend Roundup: Get Tough

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Above image: Toughies release a seven-inch record Saturday night at Mills Record Company. | Photo: Alex Escalante

One of the most alluring KC bands you haven’t seen yet, Lovergurl is releasing its debut EP tonight at recordBar. Led by vocalist and keyboardist Stephanie Bankston, the band thoughtfully dissects social and political issues with a cutting pensiveness and a spooky, hypnotic magnetism. The group’s set will be sandwiched in between La Guerre’s intoxicating tunes and The Bad Ideas’ unhinged punk stylings. Dropout Boogie will spin in between sets.


Dance out your feelings tonight at The Brick with a superb three-band lineup. With accompaniment from drummer/keyboardist/evil genius John Berusch, Andrew Ashby will kick off the night. The former frontman of The Caves considerately crafts tunes that are both warm and wistful — a fitting introduction to the winsome pop duo Schwervon! and the dark, contemplative pulse of Emmaline Twist.


The People’s Punk Band knows how to throw a party like no other. Tonight at the Replay Lounge in Lawrence, Kansas, the group celebrates its first hometown show of 2017, two months after the release of its monstrous debut full-length album. Known for a boisterous, obstinate and exciting live set, the band is also bringing a couple of its gargantuan friends: Iron Guts Kelly and The Architects.


If the weather cooperates, you can get your Saturday started at Troost Fest. The community event celebrates its 13th year, and performances begin as early as 10:15 a.m. From the traditional West African/Caribbean music of the Soundz of Africa Youth Ensemble to the flamboyant glam punk presence of Vibralux later in the evening, more than 30 acts spanning music, dance and spoken word will perform.


An independent label run by the owners of the Replay Lounge, Replay Records has released quality seven-inch records from the likes of Psychic Heat, Radkey and Hospital Ships. On Saturday, Toughies adds its name to the list, releasing the lustrous tracks “Wind” and “What Are Hands For?” on fresh vinyl. Join them at Mills Record Company for a free show with Momma’s Boy and Whales.


In case you missed the KC release of Sky Smeed’s new album, “Lunker Bass,” you can celebrate it with him in Lawrence on Sunday afternoon. 40 Watt Dreams — led by Truckstop Honeymoon’s Katie West — will open the show.

—Michelle Bacon

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