Recommended Shows This Week (7/8 - 7/14)

Monday: Deafheaven @ The Record Bar

What could be the show of the summer will be The Record Bar on Monday night. Deafheaven gets described as hipster black metal, but I can only assume it's because Pitchfork and NPR love them. I usually can't stand black metal vocals, but when they're paired with gorgeous post-rock type music, it's bliss. Don't miss this show.

Tuesday: The Appleseed Cast @ The Riot Room

My all-time favorite local band is making a return to The Riot Room for their first area show since Middle Of The Map. The Appleseed Cast is touring behind their fantastic new album, Illumination Ritual, and they really are one of the best live bands around. Joining them are locals The Life And Times and Muscle Worship for what will be one helluva show.

Tuesday: Steve Earle @ CrossroadsKC

Also on Tuesday night is songwriting legend Steve Earle at Crossroads KC which will be the perfect venue for him. He's prolific as hell so it can be intimidating getting into his stuff if you aren't already familiar but I recommend starting with 1996's I Feel Alright. He'll be joined on Tuesday by his band The Dukes.

Friday: David Byrne & St. Vincent @ CrossroadsKC

Another show that could be really special is on Friday night when former Talking Head's front-man David Byrne & St. Vincent will be at Crossroads KC. Although I wasn't a big fan of their 2012 album Love This Giant, it's impossible to ignore the greatness of the two's output elsewhere. Also, the pair does appear to cover St. Vincent and Talking Heads tunes in addition to their own stuff at concerts.

Saturday: The Architects @ The Riot Room

Probably one of the most popular local bands nationally in the past few years is punk band The Architects. They recently held a kickstarter campaign to fund their new album/comic book project called Border Wars. On Saturday they'll be holding a release party at The Riot Room. Also on the bill are some fantastic local bands Waiting For Signal, The Slowdown and Clairaudients.

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