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    Owl City Launch Tour in Kansas City

    His hour-long show hadn't reached the halfway point Thursday night when Adam Young – the voice and brains of Owl City – threw down his ace. "This is a song about bugs," he told a sold-out crowd of 1,200 at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City. Then he and his five-piece backup band, which included a two-piece string section (violin, cello), played "Fireflies," the song with which Owl City will immediately and forever be identified. In return, the crowd gave it the kind of response a Tom Petty audience gives "American Girl": a big cheer and a loud, hearty sing-along. If Owl City is going to be known for something other than its first and biggest hit, it's going to need more songs like that one.Young spent the rest of the night proving that he might have one or two up his sleeve. His 14-song setlist included 11 of the 12 songs off Ocean Eyes, his major-label debut.

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    Spoon Headline Holiday Radio Show

    Six weeks before the release of their seventh record Transference, Spoon opened a brief 2009 U.S. tour at the Midland Theater Thursday night in Kansas City. During a workmanlike one-hour set, they gave a crowd of about 1,500 a small taste of what that album will sound like. (See a photo gallery of the concert here.) Thursday's show was Spoon's first since late this summer -- "a long time for this band," said lead singer/songwriter Britt Daniel.

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    Get Up Kids Wow at Hometown Tour Opener

    Friday night's Get Up Kids show kicked off anational reunion tour that will last more than two months, but it was the third time the influential emo band played in(or near) their hometown of Kansas City, MO, since officially reforming last year. That might explain the size of the crowd, which barely topped 400 people. So might the locale: the VooDoo Lounge in Harrah's Casino north of downtown Kansas City, a swanky nightclub that only admits patrons who are over 21 years old. True, the Kids are old enough to have children of their own, but the age restriction no doubt forced some of their younger fans to stay home. Whatever the reason, the club was about one-third full when the five-piece took the stage around 9:15 P.M. But once lead singer Matt Pryor solved a few sound problems, the Kids performed with the invigoration and ferocity of a band playing to a full house.

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