SOB x RBE
Thursday, May 3, at the Granada
The California collective SOB x RBE was already on the rise when it was tabbed to collaborate with celebrated rapper Kendrick Lamar on the soundtrack of “Black Panther.” The resulting song, “Paramedic!” is a musical highlight of the cultural phenomenon associated with the blockbuster movie. SOB x RBE’s combination of aggressive but melodic rapping on menacing material like “On Me,” a song about the necessity of keeping guns nearby for protection, evokes the threatening ’90s hits of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.
8 p.m. Thursday, May 3. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through thegranada.com.
Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at Knuckleheads
Robert Randolph and the Family Band, the main attraction of the 2018 edition of Merle Jam, is one of the most invigorating live acts to emerge in the last 20 years. Each of the band’s gospel-infused performances is a life-affirming party, an appropriate tone for the annual fundraiser designed to provide assistance to heart transplant patients and their families. Friday’s country-themed lineup includes energetic pianist Jason D. Williams and accomplished singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. Randolph’s band headlines the blues-oriented show on Saturday.
8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $15 through knuckleheadskc.com.
7 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $35 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Friday, May 4, at the Bottleneck
Punk enthusiasts impressed by Priests’ opening set for British dance-rock band Franz Ferdinand at the Truman last week have another opportunity to catch the Washington, D.C., band on Friday. The group plays a socially conscious form of funk-informed and often dissonant punk with incendiary rage. “Nothing Feels Natural,” Priests’ 2017 debut album, placed high in the year-end rankings of tastemakers including Pitchfork, Stereogum and NPR Music. With Wendy Moira and Wick & the Tricks.
9 p.m. Friday, May 4. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $10 through thebottlenecklive.com.
Saturday, May 5, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
The 2018 edition of the Flyover festival is an impeccably curated showcase for a new wave of rule-breaking hip-hop artists. Austin Post, a.k.a. Post Malone, the 22-year-old artist who broke through with the wavy smash “White Iverson” in 2015, is the perfect man to headline the blowout. A string of social media altercations and hits including the woozy “Psycho” have bolstered his reputation since he appeared at the Uptown Theater eight months ago. With Lil Pump, Flatbush Zombies, Jessie Reyez and Snow tha Product.
6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 800-745-3000. Tickets are $49.50-$89.50 through providenceamp.com.
Saturday, May 5, at the Granada
Taylor Swift recently came to the defense of Hayley Kiyoko. After some observers criticized Kiyoko’s insistence that her songs and videos align with her gender preference, Swift suggested that “we should applaud artists who are brave enough to tell their honest romantic narrative through their art.” The California pop artist known among hyperbolic fans as the “Lesbian Jesus” proudly proclaims that “I’m real and I don’t feel like boys” on her 2015 hit “Girls Like Girls.” With Allie X.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 5. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through thegranada.com.
Saturday, May 5, at RecordBar
Kevin Morby is in heady company on the soundtrack for the Amazon streaming series “The Man in the High Castle.” His rendition of the Flamingos hit “I Only Have Eyes for You” is part of a set that also includes selections by Beck and Norah Jones. As a singer/songwriter who favors an unhurried sound that evokes an earlier era, Morby creates refreshingly anachronistic music. He’ll perform hauntingly slow songs during his return to his former hometown on Saturday.
9 p.m. Saturday, May 5. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $13 through therecordbar.com.
Tuesday, May 8, at the Uptown Theater
Babymetal is one of the oddest novelty bands in popular music. Three seemingly guileless young Japanese women with the monikers of Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal sing about martial arts, chocolate and chewing gum as grizzled men play thrash metal behind them. The incongruous combination of cuteness and ugliness has managed to charm wide-eyed pop fans and cynical head-bangers smitten with the merger of the sensibilities of pop star Ariana Grande, fierce metal band Slayer and iconic Japanese character Hello Kitty. With Skyharbor.
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $45 through uptowntheater.com.
Tuesday, May 8, at the Granada
Omar Pineiro, the 20-year-old Floridian who works as Smokepurpp, is one of the most loathed men in hip-hop. He insists that “they hatin’ ‘cause Lil Purpp is young and rich” on “123,” a profane sing-song rap that makes the educational jingles of “Sesame Street” seem like avant-garde arias. Pineiro isn’t disliked by hip-hop traditionalists because of his unlikely success but rather because of the simplicity of his raps as a solo artist and as a sidekick of Lil Pump. With Lil Mosey and Larry June.
8 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through thegranada.com.