Sounds of Spring: previews for this month’s hottest shows

Jordan Huesers, Features editor

Middle of the Map Fest:

Middle of the Map fest will showcase 25-30 local and national bands on  April 8-9.

Ink magazine and The Record Machine bring this festival to KC in an attempt to further establish the area as a musical and cultural center.

This event features bands such as Two Door Cinema Club, Paper Route, The Casket Lottery and State Bird.

This new festival will be at The Riot Room, Record Bar, The Beaumont Club and The Union.

Tickets cost $20 for a one-day pass and $25 for a two-day pass.

Passes only gain access to the venues and does not guarantee ability to see every show.

Schedules can be found on

All ages may see shows at the Beaumont Club, 18 and older may see shows at the Record Bar, and 21 and older may see shows at the Riot Room and The Union.

Arcade Fire and The National:

These two bands will be featured at the Starlight Theater on April 20.

Arcade Fire, first popular in the early 2000s, is one of the most popular Indie rock bands in the country.

This band won the 2011 Grammy for Album of the Year with The Suburbs.

The National, another Indie group, features the musical stylings of a husband and wife.

Their latest album, High Violet, was released in May 2010.

Tickets cost $37.50.

Jimmy Buffett:

As a part of his “WELCOME TO FIN LAND” tour, Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform at the Sprint Center April 30 at 8 p.m.

During his career, Buffett released 26 studio albums and 11 live albums. He has recorded two number 1 singles.

Tickets range in price from $46-$126.

Other shows this month around KC:

April 8 — Jeff Beck. 8 p.m. at the Uptown Theater, tickets $65

April 12 — Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks. 7:30 p.m. at the Sprint Center, tickets: TBD

April 16 — Coheed and Cambria. 8 p.m. at the Midland Theater, tickets: $25

April 20 — Sick Puppies. 8 p.m. at the Midland Theater, tickets: $9.33

April 23 — Pretty Lights. 9 p.m. at the Midland Theater, tickets: $25