Music Forecast for the week

Blind Pilot
Another dusty folk-pop band from Portland, Oregon? Well, yes, but Blind Pilot transcends the sensitive beardo set by writing smarter lyrics and better harmonies, and by being generally less riveted by flowers, orchards and their own melancholy. The sweetly harmonizing women in nostalgic folk trio Mountain Man open the evening and may very well upstage the headliners.
Wednesday, July 13, at the Bottleneck.
(737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483).

Ben Folds
Now in his mid-40s, Ben Folds looks and sounds less like the punk who picked up Randy Newman’s torch and more like Newman himself. His output hasn’t been too terribly exciting since his 2001 solo record Rockin’ the Suburbs, but his set at City Market a few years back was a pleasant reminder that smart and sturdy songwriting has a tendency to age well.
Sunday, July 10, at Crossroads KC at Grinders (417 East 18th Street, 785-749-3434).

Rock ‘n Roll Dream Concert
Locally, 2011 has been all about tribute shows, what with Sonic Spectrum’s monthly series and Cody Wyoming’s productions of The Wall and Exile on Main Street. But if you desire more live Rolling Stones songs and don’t possess millions of dollars, your best bet is Satisfaction, the Stones tribute act headlining Saturday’s Rock ‘n Roll Dream Concert at Sandstone. Also on the bill: Revelation (Journey cover band), Hells Bells (AC/DC), and Silver Bullet (oh, you know).
Saturday, July 9, at Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone (633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400).

Making Movies, with Bachaco and Porcelain Gods
Call it Latin rock or just plain rock — the local, bilingual quartet, Making Movies, has hooks, energy and a keen eye for the groove. Stick around for the after-party with Porcelain Gods, a live karaoke band featuring members of Sons of Great Dane, Auternus and Hot Dog Skeletons.
Tuesday, July 12, at Czar (1531 Grand, 816-421-0300).

Dave Alvin and the Guilty Ones
Dave Alvin played wild roots rock with the Blasters, ripped punk music with X and won a Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album. These varied experiences leak into the California troubadour’s current sound. He stops by the Folly Theater in support of his latest, Eleven Eleven, an album of gritty, up-tempo, electric-guitar-driven blues rock. The show is part of KCUR 89.3 host Bill Shapiro’s Cyprus Avenue Live series, and Shapiro gives a pre-show talk at 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 9, at the Folly Theater (300 West 12th Street, 816-474-4444).

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