Concert Calendar: Chance the Rapper, Tycho, Cyndi Lauper, Death Cab for Cutie, Ray LaMontagne and more

Chance the Rapper
Everything Chance the Rapper touches seems to turn to gold, and his latest release, Coloring Book, is no exception. A hopeful hip-hop album with complex biblical themes, gospel overtures and a healthy amount of cursing, it establishes Chance — born Chancelor Bennett in Chicago 23 years ago — as one of rap’s most authoritative and promising new voices. Most of Chance’s messaging zeroes in on his clear-eyed and positive relationship with the big guy upstairs. The resounding critical acclaim Coloring Book has been met with is even more impressive considering Chance’s resolution to eschew label representation.
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 21
The Midland, 1228 Main

Tycho
Every Tycho album feels as though it has been composed for a dream. When Awake was released, in 2014, it seemed like mastermind Scott Hansen — the San Francisco artist behind the Tycho name — had a destination in mind for the sonic journey he was embarking on, with a few notable detours to beloved landmarks via rainbow-colored harmonies and diamond-crusted synths. Awake was transportive, remarkable not only for the effect it had on the listener but for the manner in which Hansen achieved it, with big, breathable percussion and textured layers of ambiance. We should have a new full-length from Tycho this year; perhaps Sunday at the Uptown, we’ll get a taste of what’s to come.
8 p.m. Sunday, September 18
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Cyndi Lauper
More than 30 years since her Grammy Award-winning debut, She’s So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper shows no signs of slowing down. Thursday night at the Uptown, you’re just as likely to relive Lauper’s best-loved classics — “Time After Time,” “True Colors,” “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” — as you are cuts from her hit 2013 Broadway musical, Kinky Boots. At 63, Lauper decided to try new tricks with Detour, an album of classic-country covers. It’s refreshing and a bit surreal to hear Lauper’s voice taking turns on tunes like “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces,” but it just goes to show that there’s no end to her colorful catalog.
8 p.m. Thursday, September 15
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Also this week …

Thursday 9.15

Death Cab for Cutie
with Chvrches, Nathaniel Rateliff
Providence Medical Amphitheater
633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs

Charles Perkins, Gerald Spaits Quartet
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

The Hood Internet, Show You Suck, KD Kuro
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Interstate Run, Accidental Project, Shiny Penny, Stereo Static
Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Matt Hopper Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Bryan Sutton Band
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Corey Stevens Band
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Swingin’ Utters, Hipshot Killer
RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Eros and the Eschaton, La Guerre, CS Luxem
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

3Teeth
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Los Lonely Boys
Voodoo Lounge, Harrah’s North Kansas City

Friday 9.16
Riverside Musicfest, with Little River Band
E.H. Young Riverfront Park

Lady D
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Doug Talley with Kathleen Holeman
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Oh Dear Oh My, Ask An Adult, Hyperbor
The Brick, 1727 McGee

Andy Frasco & the UN Sunu
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

The New Suits, Nuthatch-47, Cigar Box Kids
Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Bayside
Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Tim Whitmer Quartet
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Max Groove Quartet
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Patrick Lentz Band
Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Randy Bachman with Nick Schnebelen Band
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Bummer, Troller, Samantha Glass
MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Info Gates’ Muscle Chestbroook Release Party
RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Hipshot Killer, Vedettes, Glue Chords
946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Danny Wood
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Bryan Adams
Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight

Saturday 9.17
James Ward Band
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Storytelling with David Wayne Reed,
Tools of GTrade
The Brick, 1727 McGee

Full Bloods, Beatn Bums, Youth Pool
The Brick, 1727 McGee

The Anniversary, Heidi Lynne Gluck,
Psychic Heat, Lily Pryor
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Autumn Lies Empty
Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Zomboy
Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Heat Index
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Flannigan’s Right Hook
Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

Katy Guillen and the Girls, Stonecutters Union
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Flume, Mr. Carmack, Charles Murdoch
The Midland, 1228 Main

Deja Vu featuring tributes to Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty
Providence Medical Amphitheater,
633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs

Chrome Sparks, Roland Tings
RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Dead Mockingbirds, Gap Dream, Westerners
946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Act of Defiance, Hatchet, Bleed the Victim
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Needtobreathe
Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd.

The Grisly Hand, the Too’s, Don’t Make Ghosts
Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Sunday 9.18


Taking Back Sunday
You Blew It
Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main

Molotov
Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Eboni Fondren Duo
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Hillbenders, Sara Morgan,
Steve Sterner and the Sundown
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Commodores
KC Live Block

Wing Dam, Youth Pool, Trapper
946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Scar Symmetry, Arsis, Shattered Sun
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Tycho
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Monday 9.19
Ray LaMontagne
Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd.

Eboni Fondren
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Blitzen Trapper, Kacy & Clayton
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Joe Schoonover Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Will Matthews Organ Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Death Valley Girls, The Mr. & the Mrs.,
Drugs and Attics
946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Growlers
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Tuesday 9.20
Agent Orange, Counterpunch,
Stiff Middle Fingers
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Sequel Quartet
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Elizabeth Cook with Lee Harvey Osmond
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Pig, the God Project
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

ZZ Top with Gov’t Mule
Starlight Theatre, 4600 Starlight Rd.

Switchfoot & Relient K
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Wednesday 9.21
Reno Divorce, Red Kate
Davey’s Uptown, 3402 Main

Natalie Bates Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Steel Wheels
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Legendary Pink Dots
RecordBar, 1520 Grand

T-Rell
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Joseph Arthur, Reuben Hollebon
Tank Room, 1813 Grand

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