School of Seven Bells, with Exitmusic and Cowboy Indian Bear
In these pages, in 2010, I wrote, somewhat embarrassingly, that the music of Brooklyn's School of Seven Bells sounded like a "graceful ghost soaring up to heaven." It's music journalism, OK? There are deadlines. It can't always be Proust. Still, recent events have led me to believe that I might've been onto something. In February, the shoegaze-y dream-pop band released a new album called Ghostory. It's being released by a record label called Ghostly International. I will consider it a disappointment if the band members wear anything other than white bedsheets over their heads at this show.
Sunday, April 15, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
Ben Summers, with Bloodbirds and New Savages
Ben Summers plays guitar in local country-folk act the Grisly Hand and punks out in U.S.Americans. Here, he celebrates his solo debut, an EP of cloudy-day folk songs called Last of My Concerns. Joining Summers on the bill is Bloodbirds, a howling new post-punk project from Ad Astra Arkestra's Mike Tuley.
Friday, April 13, at Harling's Upstairs (3941-A Main, 816-531-0303)
Howard Iceberg and the Titanics
The Kansas City Public Library is observing the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a variety of weekend events. Most relevant to you, music reader, is Howard Iceberg and the Titanics' 6:30 p.m. performance Friday at the Central Branch's Rooftop Terrace. Iceberg, the vulnerable-voiced Americana singer-songwriter, unveils a new song called, appropriately, "Titanic (It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down)."
Friday, April 13, at the Central Branch of the Kansas City Public Library (14 West 10th Street, 816-701-3400)
Other than a guest spot on 2010's monster hit "Bedrock," the 22-year-old Vietnamese-Jamaican rapper Tyga has been mostly riding the bench over at Lil Wayne's Young Money label. In February, though, Tyga (an acronym for Thank You God Always) released his sophomore album, Careless World: Rise of the Last King, and scored something resembling a hit with "Rack City." Ten, ten, ten, twenties on ya titties, bitch, it goes, Rack City, bitch, Rack, Rack City, bitch. Bill O'Reilly just loves it.
Wednesday, April 18, at the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560)
Up the Academy
Cheap Beer — a punk-skewing vinyl comp, released late last year, featuring Lawrence and Kansas City bands — marked the first release from Lawrence's Replay Records. The label is celebrating its first non-compilation album: a 7-inch from garage-punk band Up the Academy. Nab the single, which includes songs "Gimme Gimme" and "Pretty Bird," for a compassionate three bucks.
Thursday, April 12, at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676)
Hope House Benefit
Spend a springtime Sunday afternoon at the 17th annual, alliteratively named benefit Have a Heart for Hope House. The women's shelter is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence. In addition to a live auction, the event features local blues and jazz bands from 1 to 9 p.m. Mama Ray & the Allen Monroe Quartet host the event; also performing are the Grand Marquis, the Old Crows, KC Phantom Band, Crosseyed Cat and many more.
Sunday, April 15, at B.B.'s Lawnside BBQ (1205 East 85th Street, 816-822-7427)