Bob Log III
Bob Log III's fuzzy Delta blues runs toward the bawdy and the boozy — the crowd favorite "Boob Scotch," for instance. The man's eccentricity doesn't stop there. Onstage, he wears a tinted motorcycle helmet rigged with a microphone inside. He also plays three instruments at once: slide guitar, bass drum and foot cymbal. On his song "One Man Band Boom," he introduces himself thusly: "On cymbals, left foot. Over here on the bass drum we got right foot." Locals Hillary Watts Riot and Drop a Grand open.
Tuesday, July 23, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
Global Dance Festival
Such is the fragmentary nature of our modern culture that a trance heavyweight like BT (Brian Wayne Transeau) can have 665,000 Facebook fans but remain completely anonymous to people who read Pitchfork and Stereogum every day. (Sufjan Stevens has about 485,000 FB fans.) Ditto Sound Remedy, Bro Safari, Pantyraid and many of the other absurdly named EDM acts set to perform on the three stages the Midland has put up for this dance party.
Friday, July 19, at the Midland (1228 Main, 816-283-9921)
Hearts of Darkness, with Stik Figa
It's summertime, and Hearts of Darkness is probably KC's best summertime band. No matter that this is an indoor show — there'll still be lots of sweaty, shaking bodies bumping up against each other. Bolstering the group's brassy, expansive Afrobeat party here is an appearance from Top City rapper Stik Figa, whose new EP, Let You Tell It, just dropped.
Friday, July 19, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
My hope was that I'd listen to the One Direction album a couple of times, ferret out a song I liked OK, and then write something about how the boy band isn't so bad. There were a few Backstreet Boys and N'Sync songs I liked back in the day, so it seemed plausible that I'd connect with a track or two from a modern version. But after 15 minutes of sitting with Up All Night, it started to interfere with my mood. Another 10 minutes and I was legitimately pissed off. Granted, I'm not One Direction's target audience. But this is some prohibitively ugly pop music — and I like ugly pop music.
Friday, July 19, at the Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)
NKOTB, with 98 Degrees and Boyz 2 Men
Four different boy bands root down in Kansas City this weekend, though only one of them, One Direction, is made up of actual boys. The rest are full of middle-aged men now, and they need one another's crowds to fill out an arena. NKOTB did a lap last year with Backstreet Boys (the legendary NKOTBSB tour). This year they're joined by the lesser, Nick Lachey–led 98 Degrees, along with 1990s R&B balladeers Boyz 2 Men.
Sunday, July 21, at Sprint Center (1407 Grand, 816-949-7000)
Vans Warped Tour
Vans Warped Tour, the national magnet for emo and punk bands and the troubled teens who buy their merch, arrives in Bonner Springs Tuesday. At the top of the bill are Motion City Soundtrack and Reel Big Fish. Further down, you'll find the Beautiful Bodies, the long-running local dance-punk group that's riding high after being crowned the winner of the renowned Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands earlier this year. (The Bodies also perform at the Riot Room on Saturday, July 20.) Gates open at 11 a.m., and the shows go all day. Stay hydrated.
Tuesday, July 23, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400)
Ol' Forecast doesn't have occasion to give many shout-outs to Lee's Summit, but sometimes it's nice to do a little exploring in the burbs. Friday night, on Green Street on the City Hall Plaza in downtown Lee's Summit, it's all about reggae. Arm the Poor, Jah Lion, and AZ-ONE perform from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at what they're calling Jamaican Jam. Bonus: It's free.
Friday, July 19, at City Hall Plaza, downtown Lee's Summit (220 Southeast Green, 816-969-1500)