Sponsored by Middle of the Map Fest

The 6th Annual Middle of the Map Fest, a production of Ink magazine and The Record Machine, returns to Kansas City this spring with an expanded lineup over 11 days featuring Music, Film and Ideas. Middle of the Map Fest celebrates the convergence of music and creativity in the Heartland. For information about the festival and to purchase tickets, visit middleofthemapfest.com.

1. Cold War Kids – Friday, May 6, at CrossroadsKC

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2. Fred Armisen - Saturday, April 30, at Folly Theater

Fred Armisen

Comedian, actor, musician and star of the hit TV show Portlandia, Fred Armisen is one of the most diversely talented performers working today with credits that run the gamut from acting, producing, and writing in both comedy and music.

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3. ZHU - Friday, May 6, Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

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4. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires - Saturday, May 7, at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

Charles Bradley has made a name for himself as a riveting live performer and was named to the top spot on Paste Magazine’s Best Live Acts of 2015.  He has taken his show to venues and festivals across the globe including Coachella, Glastonbury Festival and Primavera Sound.  The Brooklyn-based 67-year old will release his third album Changes on April 1 via Daptone Records, which Rolling Stone calls one of the “Most Anticipated Albums of 2016. 

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5. Peelander-Z - Thursday, April 28, at Alamo Drafthouse

The Japanese Action Comic Punk Band based in NYC, was originally formed in 1998 by Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Red and Peelander-Blue, after meeting in New York City (although they’ll tell you they’re all from the Z area on the planet Peelander).

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6. The Struts – Friday, May 6, at CrossroadsKC

A UK-bred band full of reckless swagger and hugely catchy hooks, The Struts are returning the sweet and dirty spirit of glam to modern rock ‘n’ roll. Having already taken Europe by storm with such feats as opening for the Rolling Stones before a crowd of 80,000 in Paris last year, the newly L.A.-based four-piece is now breaking through to American audiences with their exhilarating debut EP Have You Heard.

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7. STRFKR - Saturday, May 7, at recordBar

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8. Aaron Draplin - Monday, May 2, at Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch

Draplin

Aaron Draplin is a prolific multidisciplinary designer based in Portland, Oregon, well known for his logos and graphics. Born and raised in the Midwest, Draplin’s work is inspired by the aesthetics of rustic Americana, bringing blue collar American imagery, vernacular and work ethic into 21st century design.

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9. Son Little – Saturday, May 7, at Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland

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10. The Philistines - Thursday, May 5, at Ernie Biggs

“The Philistines’ sound is both familiar and elusive, vintage but eclectic.” -Tim Finn, The Kansas City Star

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11. The Good Life - Friday, May 5, at recordBar

Good Life

The Good Life returns this summer with their first album in eight years, Everybody’s Coming Down. Call it a soundtrack to Man’s 21st century existential angst. 

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12. Tom Vanderbilt - Tuesday, May 3, at the Kansas City Public Library – Plaza Branch

Tom Vanderbilt writes on design, technology, science and culture, among other subjects, for many publications, including Wired, Outside, The London Review of Books, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Wilson Quarterly, Artforum, The Wilson Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Cabinet, Metropolis, and Popular Science. He is contributing editor to Artforum and the design magazine Print and I.D.,contributing writer of the popular blog Design Observer, and columnist for Slate magazine.

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13. Boy and The World - Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

A film with the stunning visuals, a soundscape of pan-flute, samba, and Brazilian hip-hop mixing with the whirling carnival colors and exploding fireworks.

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14. High Rise - Alamo Drafthouse Mainstreet

Robert Laing, a young doctor, joins a community in a luxury building in Thatcher's England, who exile themselves from society and gradually divide into violent tribes. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller and Elisabeth Moss.

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15. San Fermin - Thursday, May 5, at Californos

Brooklyn-based San Fermin, now an eight-piece touring enterprise.

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