Matt and Kim
Thursday, May 7, at KC Live!
The most adorable rock ’n’ roll couple since Sonny & Cher, Matt and Kim create deliriously lightweight music. The duo’s 2008 breakout hit “Daylight” and the current smash “Let’s Go” are irresistibly ecstatic earworms. With Meg Myers and Kitten.
Tickets are $25 in advance through axs.com.
Thursday, May 7, at the RecordBar
Perfectly aligned with the zeitgeist of the moment, Norwegian band Waters synthesizes the modern folk of Vance Joy, the electronic pop of Young the Giant and the slight hint of edginess associated with Imagine Dragons. With She’s a Keeper.
Tickets are $9.65 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Friday, May 8, at Crossroads KC
Daft Punk is so popular that tribute acts dedicated to the French band have become a cottage industry. Fans of electronic pop might be better served by attending Cherub’s concerts. The duo from Nashville create similarly bouncy dance music. With Mystery Skulls and ForteBowie.
Tickets range from $21.50 to $61.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Saturday, May 9, at the Garage at Knuckleheads
Few touring musicians have a more devoted coterie of fans in the Kansas City area than veteran rocker Alejandro Escovedo. Much like the late Lou Reed, the Texan successfully combines the spirit of punk with artfully eloquent songs.
Tickets are $20 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Saturday, May 9, at KC Live!
The enormous neon cowboy and cowgirls that loom over the central courtyard of the Power & Light District will provide apt illumination during Saturday’s Downtown Hoedown. Brett Eldredge, the country star behind the 2014 hit “Mean to Me,” headlines the concert. With Travis Martin.
Details about the free show are available at powerandlightdistrict.com.
KKFI Spring Dance
Saturday, May 9, at the Tank Room
Saturday’s benefit concert for community radio station KKFI is a miniature festival. The eclectic big band My Brothers & Sisters and country traditionalists the Starhaven Rounders are among the locally based ensembles that will perform on indoor and outdoor stages.
Tickets are $15 in advance through kkfi.org.
Sunday, May 10, at Prospero’s Books
The breakout act of the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City a few months ago, Oklahoma-based singer/songwriter John Moreland stunned listeners in a series of showcases and informal jam sessions. With the Hardship Letters.
Tickets are $15 in advance at Prospero’s Books. Details are available at Prospero’s Facebook page.
The Lone Bellow
Tuesday, May 12, at the Bottleneck
One of the best country-based bands that will probably never be heard on contemporary country radio stations, the Lone Bellow creates twangy but thoughtful music. The Brooklyn-based trio is touring in support of its lovely new album, “Then Came the Morning.”
Tickets are $16 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Wednesday, May 13, at the RecordBar
The lush chamber-pop of San Fermin seems better suited to formal concert halls than rock venues. The Brooklyn-based collective’s horn section and complex vocal arrangements will imbue the RecordBar with sophisticated beauty. With Natalie Prass.
Tickets are $13 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Wednesday, May 13, at Liberty Hall
Action Bronson is a comedic rapper in the tradition of Biz Markie and the Beastie Boys. He’s funny but dangerous. Enthusiastic fans are advised to remain in the audience at Liberty Hall on Wednesday. The burly New Yorker has a history of flattening misguided stage crashers.
Tickets are $26.50 in advance through libertyhall.net.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Kansas City Star