Milky Chance will perform Thursday, Dec. 15, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Jack Dempsey Invision for Universal Music Group
Milky Chance will perform Thursday, Dec. 15, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Jack Dempsey Invision for Universal Music Group

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KC concerts Dec. 15-21: Milky Chance, Third Eye Blind, Ginuwine, Josh Garrels

BY BILL BROWNLEE

Special to The Star

December 13, 2016 08:00 AM

UPDATED December 12, 2016 11:12 AM

Milky Chance

Thursday, Dec. 15, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

“Let’s go back to our cocoon” vocalist Clemens Rehbein suggests on the latest single by his band Milky Chance. The sentiment is shared by fans of the offbeat German trio. Milky Chance’s understated music acts as a reassuring refuge from blustery rock, aggressive hip-hop and pummeling electronic dance music. The band’s skeletal songs often resemble remixes of dance hits in which the beats have been carefully removed. With Marian Hill, Banks & Steelz and Shaed. Part of the Night the Buzz Stole Xmas series.

6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $29.65 in advance.

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R.A. the Rugged Man

Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Riot Room

Although he was once on the cusp of becoming an elite rap star, R.A. the Rugged Man has been forced to settle for a substantially less prominent career. The self-described “belligerent militant” from New York had a notorious falling out with a major record label in the 1990s. The savvy provocateur claims on his 2013 album “Legends Never Die” that “I make records for the shepherds and not for the sheep.” With Afro and Seuss.

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $15 in advance.

The Supersuckers

Thursday, Dec. 15, at Knuckleheads

The members of the Supersuckers claim that they’re part of “the best rock ’n’ roll band in the world.” The crusty trio from Arizona has been backing up that audacious assertion for almost 30 years. As barbarous as Motörhead, as chaotic as Guns N’ Roses and as shaggy as Lynryd Skynyrd, the Supersuckers are definitely politically incorrect. Bandleader Eddie Spaghetti is likely to grin widely at the literal and figurative middle fingers that will be raised at Thursday’s show. With Jesse Dayton and Gallows Bound.

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $15 in advance.

Second Hand King

Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Roxy

Although the stage name Second Hand King evokes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ 2012 novelty hit “Thrift Shop,” Joe Stanziola is undoubtedly his own man. The Kansas City artist who works as Second Hand King approaches hip-hop from an unconventional angle. He’ll perform material from his forthcoming “doo-wop rap” album at his A Very Second Hand Christmas event, a show that Stanziola promises will be entirely free of seasonal songs. With John Price, Rick Maun, Julz Vurn and Jake Redpath.

9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15. The Roxy. 913-236-6211. kilroysroxybar.com. The cover charge is $10.

Third Eye Blind

Friday, Dec. 16, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Unlike many like-minded ensembles that scored a big hit in the late 1990s, Third Eye Blind isn’t performing for gradually diminishing audiences on the demeaning oldies circuit dominated by over-the-hill alternative rock bands. Instead, the California group behind the 1997 hit “Semi-Charmed Life” is in the midst of an unlikely career resurgence. The intoxicating songs on the new “We Are Drugs” EP promise to sound even more potent on Friday. With the Strumbellas, Judah & the Lion and Night Riots. Part of the Night the Buzz Stole Xmas series.

6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $29.65 in advance.

Ginuwine

Friday, Dec. 16, at the VooDoo

Leave it to the perpetually amorous Ginuwine to use a holiday tradition as an excuse for intimacy. The R&B crooner’s 2011 Christmas album opens with a lurid song titled “Mistletoe,” in which he suggests that his paramour “place it around (her) neck and let me do the rest.” The man born Elgin Baylor Lumpkin may wrap his silky voice around a few holiday standards during Thursday’s show, but most revelers will be eagerly awaiting the bass bounce that opens his classic funk hit “My Pony.” With Karlos Farrar and LaVelle.

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. The VooDoo. 816-472-7777. The VooDoo. $37.75-$56.75 in advance.

Josh Garrels

Friday, Dec. 16, at Liberty Hall

“The Light Came Down,” Josh Garrels’ new holiday album, topped Billboard magazine’s Christian albums chart. The achievement might surprise admirers who consider the Portland-based singer/songwriter a secular folk musician. Garrels’ thoughtful music is more akin to the celebrated work of Elliott Smith than standard praise-and-worship fare. Elements of hip-hop and echoes of the music Garrels listened to as a youthful skate punk inform his intriguing music, which conveys uplifting messages to both believers and agnostics.

8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. libertyhall.net. $22-$35 in advance.

The Sluts, Arc Flash, Mace Mouth and Pale Tongue

Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Replay

Eight musicians in four separate ensembles will rattle eardrums at the Replay Lounge on Saturday night. The numbers reflect the unusual configuration of the Sluts, Arc Flash, Mace Mouth and Pale Tongue. Each of the locally based rock bands is a duo. The Sluts, the best-known ensemble on the clever bill, possess gleeful power-pop instincts. Arc Flash is prone to noisy jams. The two men in Mace Mouth fashion their sound as “party death rock.” Pale Tongue is a recent addition to the area’s wellspring of rock duos.

10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Replay Lounge. 785-749-7676. replaylounge.com. Cover charge is $3.

Band of Horses

Saturday, Dec. 17, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Band of Horses has been revamping the romantically bleary musical terrain staked out by Neil Young in the 1970s for more than 10 years. “The Funeral,” Band of Horse’s biggest hit, typifies the exhausted yet exhilaratingly majestic sound. “Why Are You OK,” the Seattle group’s fifth and more recent album, indicates that Band of Horses is close to perfecting its derivative but entirely engaging style. With Local Natives, Warpaint and Jaenki. Part of the Night the Buzz Stole Xmas series.

6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $29.65 in advance.

Emmaline Twist, the Electric Lungs, Victor & Penny and the Hardship Letters

Saturday, Dec. 17, at RecordBar

Four locally based ensembles signed to the newly minted Middle Class Records will share the RecordBar stage at the launch party for the ambitious venture. Jody Hendrix told Ink that he and the other founders of the label intend to “help Kansas City in the process of reclaiming its status as (the) music capital of the country.” Dark indie-rockers Emmaline Twist, aberrant pop-punk band the Electric Lungs, retro-jazz duo Victor & Penny and rootsy ensemble the Hardship Letters will exhibit the eclecticism of Kansas City’s vibrant music scene.

8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $8 in advance.

Old Dominion

Sunday, Dec. 18, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The lyrics of Old Dominion’s “Snapback” epitomize the state of mainstream country music. An ode to a tattooed woman wearing a T-shirt promoting a rock band and a stylish ball cap, “Snapback” owes more to pop-punk bands such as Blink-182 than to country stalwarts like Johnny Cash. “Snapback” is the opening track of the quintet’s 2015 debut album “Meat and Candy,” a colorful project that indicates that Nashville’s music industry has fully absorbed the sound of modern pop. With Steve Moakler.

8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $23 in advance.

Chrisette Michele

Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Elegant R&B artist Chrisette Michele appeared in Kansas City two months ago as a member of the cast of the stage adaptation of the 1997 movie “Love Jones.” Just 14 when the film was released, Michele has since become an admirable consistent purveyor of romantic R&B. “Be OK,” a song from her 2007 debut album, “I Am,” won a Grammy Award for the since-discontinued category of best urban/alternative performance. With Raheem DeVaughn.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 21. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $20-$45 in advance.