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Skizzy Mars

Harlem rapper Skizzy Mars is headed to the Top Hat on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Jazz at the Downtown Dance Collective (Friday, Oct. 12)

A new jazz combo will debut at a new jazz venue.

The group is mostly local, plus a guest, Josh Tower, a bassist from Oakland, California.

Loren Stillman, a saxophonist, is studying for his master's in composition at the University of Montana. Stillman move here from Brooklyn, where he performed with Hall-of-Fame-caliber musicians like Paul Motian and Charlie Haden. Rob Tapper, a trombonist and director of the UM Jazz Program, rounds out of the front-line horns. David Horgan of the Big Sky Mudflaps and many, many other local groups, will play guitar. Sam McKenzie is handling drums. Tower is traveling from California to perform and work with UM students. The DDC has partnered with the UM Jazz Program to bring more of the genre into downtown. 

The show starts at 8:30 p.m., at 121 W. Main St. Tickets are $15 general admission or $7 for students or seniors. To purchase, go to (Cory Walsh)

J.W. Teller (Friday, Oct. 12)

This songwriter has made his way from Mississippi to Asheville to Missoula, where he recorded his debut full-length release. (Read this week's interview with him.) He'll have a release show from 7-9 p.m. at the Stensrud, 314 N. First St., with an assist from Chris Sand and Drew Danburry.

Ed Norton Big Band (Sunday, Oct. 14)

The big band has moved its monthly concerts to the Downtown Dance Collective. The show runs from 6-8 p.m. Cover is $10. All ages welcome, dancing is encouraged.

Tennis (Monday, Oct. 15)

The world’s preeminent sailboat band return to Missoula to headline their own show at the Top Hat after opening for Future Islands at the Wilma last fall.

The husband-wife dream pop duo will play stripped-down versions of their indie hits, “closer to the way they are written and demoed,” according to the band. Renditions won’t be acoustic per se, but are definitely more bare bones — a version of “My Emotions are Blinding” features singer Alaina Moore on piano, Patrick Riley on guitar and a drum machine filling in the beat.

This marks a pretty simple sound from a group that likes to lean into retro-maximalism with their music, layering keyboards and shuffly drums on Carpenters-esque vocal delivery from Moore.

Tennis have leaned further into the ‘70s schlock recently, with Moore getting the world’s brightest yellow permanent, which I can’t imagine is easier to handle at sea.

But, the songs are catchy and the two should easily rock the Hat, even with their quieter material.

L.A. AM rocker Matt Costa opens. Tickets are $16 in advance or $18 at the door. Show at 8 p.m. doors at 7:30 p.m. (Peter Friesen)

Ghana music and dance (Tuesday-Wednesday, Oct. 16-17)

Kofi Anang, a Ghanaian musician and lead dancer, is headed to Missoula for two days of performances.

Anang now lives in Seattle, where he runs Ocheami, an African arts education group. On Tuesday, he'll stop at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave., for a drum class (5:30-7 p.m.) and a dance class (7-8:30 p.m.) with Unity Dance and Drum. Suggested donation is $20 per class. Then on Wednesday, he'll give a 7 p.m. performance in the Open Space downstairs in the PAR/TV Building at the University of Montana. Suggested donation is $5-$20 at the door. It's free for students. (Cory Walsh)

Skizzy Mars (Tuesday, Oct. 16)

Harlem rapper Skizzy Mars comes to Missoula touring off his new EP “Are You OK?” which came out last April.

The EP is Mars’ return after a two-year hiatus following his sudden come-up in 2015, including the track “Alcoholics,” which “mixes the moody, viscous production and tone of Cudi’s best work with the introspective, emotion-laden croons of, say, 808’s Kanye — rather seamlessly,” according to The Source.

Mars definitely leans into the rap-singing of those artists and pulls some heavy influence from Drake as well — this is one to check out for those into pop rap without an ear for Soundcloud stars.

Caleborate and Kid Quill open at the Top Hat. Tickets are $20 in advance or $23 at the door. Show at 9 p.m., doors at 8:30 p.m. (Peter Friesen)

Tech N9ne (Wednesday, Oct. 17)

Boy, Missoulians could set their watches to Tech N9ne’s tour stops — he’s that consistent. The Midwestern rapper has come here and to Billings every year since I was in high school and as far as I can tell it’s not stopping anytime soon.

N9ne’s even releasing new music still, putting out his 20th album “Planet” in March, on his own independent label Strange Music, which claims the title of “number one independent label in the world” (I’m not sure how this is backed up, but Strange Music is credited with regularly selling in the six figures by Uproxx).

Tech N9ne is basically the hip-hop head’s Oh Sees, check the calendar, see it’s time for the yearly stop, brush up on the new tunes and have a damn good time.

Dizzy Wright and Futuristic open at the Wilma. Tickets are $32 in advance and $25 at the door. Show at 8 p.m., doors at 7 p.m. (Peter Friesen)

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