Blitzen Trapper is not touring on a new album, and that's probably a good thing. The Portland act has released four albums in six years, and its most recent, last September's American Goldwing, was a little light on new ideas. But there's still a huge audience for the band's wayward Americana, which borrows liberally from guys like Dylan, McCartney, Petty and Young.
Thursday, May 31, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina's Valient Thorr is notorious for its energetic live shows, at which the band blends political and intergalactic lyrics into boogie metal and MC5-style rock. This approach has netted Valient Thorr its own rabid fanbase — Thorriors, who travel around the country, following the band like some cross between Deadheads and Turbojugend.
Wednesday, June 6, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
Ozgood, Fat Sal, Nezbeat, Miles Bonny
It's like 2005 all over again at this reunion party, which brings together current San Franciscans Ozgood (formerly Señor Oz) and Nezbeat (of Lawrence hip-hop act Archetype) on a bill with local DJs Fat Sal and Miles Bonny. The poster calls the lineup the "Funk Soul Brothers," which gives you an idea what to expect from the decks, give or take some reggae and tropical beats.
Friday, June 1, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
His body and mind ravaged by 30 years of excessive drinking and drugging, Bobby Brown is nevertheless suiting up for this (fully reunited) New Edition tour. Can he still sing? Possibly. Will he hit his choreographed marks? Almost certainly not. Will the classic R&B boy band play "Mr. Telephone Man," and will that be enough to justify attending this show? Probably, and maybe.
Friday, June 1, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)
Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies
I don't know spit about all these fancy newfangled 3-D Pixar movies that Disney makes nowadays. When I was growing up, we communicated using land-line telephones, and we watched The Lion King and Aladdin on VHS tapes, and we sure as the dickens didn't have access to Internet videos explaining the hidden sexual images contained within them. This special Kauffman Center performance is a special treat to us children of the 1990s who effortlessly memorized the songs from those Disney cartoons The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and more. The Kansas City Symphony will be presenting the movie studio's biggest hits, accompanied by singers and video projections.
Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, 816-994-7200)
The current Danzig tour sees frontman Glenn Danzig reunited with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, his former Misfits bandmate. That means a full set of terrifying Misfits tunes, plus heavy devil rock from the Danzig and Samhain catalogs.
Thursday, May 31, at the Uptown Theater (3700 Broadway, 816-753-8665)
Buzz Beach Ball
Buzz Beach Ball, the annual concert thrown by 96.5 the Buzz, returns to Livestrong Sporting Park this year, and with a much more vibrant lineup than 2012's 1990s-fetishizing bill (which featured Incubus, Jane's Addiction and Bush). There's still a little of that — Sublime with Rome is a main draw — but there's also some newer, fresher, indie-er names: the Shins, Foster the People, Metric, the Antlers, the Kooks and the Joy Formidable, among them. It's all-ages and kicks off at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 2, at Livestrong Sporting Park (1 Sporting Way, Kansas City, Kansas, 913-912-7525)