Recommended Shows This Week (5/27-6/2)

We're going to try and do a weekly Monday morning post highlighting some of the concerts that we'd recommend checking out in the upcoming week. We'll start this Monday by giving you a half dozen different shows that are worth your time and money.

Tuesday: Dawes @ CrossroadsKC

Last time they were set to play KC it was rained out, this time the forecast appears to be a little more fortuitous. Dawes are a consistently great Alt-Country/Americana/Laurel Canyon band that have put out another solid new album this year with Stories Don't End. Although the music is a highlight of the bands sound, the lyrics are what stand out most to me. I'm a sucker for great storytelling songwriting and Dawes brings that to the table on all three of their full-length LPs.

Tuesday: sami.the.great @ The Record Bar

Multiple worthwhile shows on Tuesday night in Kansas City and a high possibility you'd be able to attend both without missing any acts. sami.the.great (Sami Akbari) is an Iranian born singer/songwriter who is gaining a ton of buzz by music sites across the country. Her music is sweet and poppy but the lyrics have an edge to them that stick with you. From what I've read, her live shows are something to be experienced so get to The Record Bar on Tuesday!

Wednesday: Japandroids/A Place To Bury Strangers @ The Granada

The band responsible for my favorite album of 2012: Japandroids will be in Lawrence on Wednesday for what should be a helluva party. I've gushed enough about their most recent album, Celebration Rock, so the only other thing I'll say is don't miss this because they are fantastic live. Opening the show is A Place To Bury Strangers, who might be the loudest live band I've ever seen, so bring earplugs.

Thursday: Torche/Cherokee Rock Rifle @ Czar Bar

I'm not a huge metal & hard rock guy, but when it's done well, I love it. One of the bands that does it really well is Florida's TorcheTheir known for their blistering live shows and they definitely seem too big for Czar Bar, so I'd definitely try and make it to this show. Not to mention, to top it all of, the best local Rock band is opening the show in Cherokee Rock Rifle (who have a fantastic new EP out: Ta-Li).

Thursday: Anamanaguchi @ The Jackpot

I'm not really sure how to describe Anamanaguchi. Would they be considered the first band inspired by the video game generation? Either way their music is extremely fun and I'd imagine their show will be crazy as well. The band is touring behind their hyper-pop album Endless Fantasy and they'll be at The Jackpot in Lawrence on Thursday.

Friday: The Black Crowes @ Voodoo Lounge

Every once in a while I forget The Black Crowes are still playing live shows until I see they'll be in KC again. I don't mean that as an insult because I consider them to be one of the best American rock bands of the past 20 years. Although they have gotten a little too jam-ey for my tastes in the last few years, they still have the discography to put on a brilliant show every time.

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