Concert Calendar: Selena Gomez, Gregory Alan Isakov with Langhorne Slim, Brand New, Modest Mouse, Yonder Mountain String Band and more

Selena Gomez
The chains around me are finally breaking, Selena Gomez sings on the title track to this year’s Revival. I’m becoming my own salvation. Well, give her this much credit: The album successfully eradicates any remaining traces of Disney bubblegum, though not as loudly or forcefully as Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz accomplished the same rinse. Unlike Bangerz, however, Revival is bolstered by Gomez’s good instincts. It’s a solid pop album that shows its maker capable of playing the sultry vixen (“Good for You”) or the scorned ex-lover (“Same Old Love”). Throughout, Gomez’s voice sounds more mature and assured than ever before. Friday at the Sprint Center, we’ll see if the 23-year-old megastar pulls off the transformation storyline Revival writes.
Friday, July 1
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand

Gregory Alan Isakov with Langhorne Slim
Gregory Alan Isakov’s new album, The Weatherman, will straight-up break your heart. Recorded in collaboration with the Colorado Symphony, it plays out luxuriously, like the longest walk through the woods on the best summer day of the year. Those could be birds you hear chirping between the guitar chords on “Time Will Tell,” a gentle breeze warming Isakov’s voice on “Honey, It’s Alright.” The imagery and sense of place evoked throughout reveal Isakov’s preternatural talent for storytelling, which had been merely hinted at before this album. Prepare yourself for an exceptional experience Thursday at the Madrid, and make sure you’re there early for opener Langhorne Slim.
Thursday, June 30
Madrid Theatre, 3810 Main

Yonder Mountain String Band
Yonder Mountain String Band is mesmerizing, even by the standards of bluegrass, a genre predicated on unceasing technical prowess designed to astound audiences into submission. The quintet’s latest release, Black Sheep, goes all-acoustic for the first time, and the result is perhaps Yonder Mountain String Band’s liveliest and most energetic release to date. It’s all the more remarkable, given that it’s the band’s first proper release since 2009’s The Show — and its first album without founding member and mandolinist Jeff Austin. Dayton, Ohio, rock band the Werks opens up.
Friday, July 1
Crossroads KC, 417 East 18th Street

Thursday 6.30
Festival on the Vine —
KC Friends of Alvin Ailey
Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St.
Through July 2

The Copper Children, Under the Big Oak Tree
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Privatized Air, Wyatt Brewer, Splitting Emily
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Matt Hopper Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Junior Brown & Uncle Lucius
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Black Pussy, Inner Alter, Youngblood
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Friday 7.1


Modest Mouse, Brand New
Providence Medical Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs

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

Douglas County Quintet,
the Lonesome Houndogs
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Trauma Parlor, Instant Karma, UK’s
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Tim Whitmer
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Reckless Kelly
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Deacons, Agent
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Hellevate, ThorHammer, Transylvania, Vanlade
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Saturday 7.2
Coral Creek, Cowgirl’s Train Set
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Brewer & Shipley
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Sounds for the Hounds: Unleash Pet Rescue Benefit with Andrew Foshee, My Oh My and more
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Stan Kessler
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Brad Cunningham Band CD-release show
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Hospital Ships, the Ovaries-eez, the Dan Ryan
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Sunday 7.3
Roger Wilder Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

40 Watt Dreams, Nicholas St. James
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Kirko Bangz, the Popper, Dutch Newman
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Monday  7.4

Chuck inglish with Alex Wiley, Kaan
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Frazee Hopper Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Psychic Heat, Gnarly Davidson,
The Brody Buster Band
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Tuesday 7.5
Chris Hazelton Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Wednesday 7.6
The Railsplitters
Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

311, Matisyahu
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Natalie Bates Trio
Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Knower, Shy Boys, Electric Tinks,
Hermon Mehari
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

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