Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Riot Room
Emily King has released the loveliest pop album of 2015. Some of the gentle R&B selections on “The Switch” resemble polite versions of Prince’s 1986 hit “Kiss.” Following years of struggle after she was dropped by her record label, King has regained her footing. With the Buhs, Run With It and Missouri Loves Company.
Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Friday, Oct. 30, at the Midland theater
Andrew McMahon’s name might not initially ring a bell among many revelers at radio station 96.5 the Buzz’s annual Halloweenie Roast. The audience will likely remember renditions of McMahon’s melodic rock hits for his previous bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. With New Politics, the Griswolds and Lolo.
Tickets are $26.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Old No. 5s
Friday, Oct. 30, at Knuckleheads
The band’s knack for performing pleasing covers of familiar blues and rock songs has secured the Old No. 5s regular spots on the calendars of many live music venues in Kansas City. The trio will celebrate the release of “Steam,” an album of original material, at Knuckleheads on Friday. With Lauren Anderson.
Tickets are $10 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Friday, Oct. 30, at the Riot Room
A 2013 appearance at Town Center Plaza revealed that Urge Overkill retains much of its power and fan base years after its hits dried up. The Chicago indie-rock band is fondly remembered for its 1993 hit “Sister Havana” and its bracing cover of Neil Diamond’s “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon.”
Tickets are $17 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Mistress of Reality
Saturday, Oct. 31, at the VooDoo
Ozzy Osbourne’s moniker of the Prince of Darkness may seem laughable now, but the music he made with Black Sabbath in the 1970s remains sinister. The California-based tribute band Mistress of Reality will be joined by Strictly Alice, a band dedicated to re-creating the ghoulish rock of Alice Cooper, and the Mötley Crüe tribute group Looks That Kill.
Tickets are $19.75 and $27.75 in advance through voodookc.com.
Saturday, Oct. 31, at the RecordBar
Telekinesis, a project overseen by Seattle’s Michael Benjamin Lerner, is two bands in one. The new album “Ad Infinitum” contains bracing guitar-based power pop songs in the vein of Matthew Sweet and sophisticated synth-pop selections that evoke Depeche Mode. With Say Hi and Yes You Are.
Tickets are $12 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Midland theater
Pop Evil, a no-nonsense hard rock band, headlines radio station 98.9 the Rock’s annual Freakers Ball. The Michigan group’s current single, “Footsteps,” topped Billboard magazine’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart earlier this month. With All That Remains, Red Sun Rising, We Came As Romans and Devour the Day.
Tickets are $25 in advance through midlandkc.com.
My Brothers & Sisters
Saturday, Oct. 31, at Knuckleheads garage
My Brothers & Sisters, Kansas City’s self-styled “urban orchestra,” will perform its celebratory dance music as classic horror films are screened in the Garage at Knuckleheads. The costume party benefits radio station KKFI, the Midwest Music Foundation and KC Creative.
Tickets are $20 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Monday, Nov. 2, at the Uptown Theater
Years before Sturgill Simpson became the poster boy for authentic country music, Jamey Johnson was keeping the spirit of outlaws like Waylon Jennings alive. The Alabama native’s songs about heartaches, hangovers and salvation are just as unruly as his shaggy beard.
Tickets are $31 in advance through uptowntheater.com.
Monday, Nov. 2, at the Bottleneck
Prof is having a good year. The Minneapolis rapper has attained national prominence through his affiliation with the respected Rhymesayers Entertainment record label after years of scuffling. Prof’s new album, “Liability,” features guest appearances from Waka Flocka Flame and Kansas City’s Tech N9ne. Approach is among the opening acts.
Tickets are $13 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Granada
Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro of the Boston-based Timeflies are smart men. By overlaying sentimental love songs with contemporary flourishes of electronic dance music, hip-hop and stomp-and-yell folk, the duo is on the fast track to even greater success. With Kalin and Myles.
Tickets are $31 in advance through thegranada.com.
The David Mayfield Parade
Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Knuckleheads
“I’m as goofy as all hell” David Mayfield admits on his song “What Do You Call It.” The anything-for-a-laugh approach and the uncommon sincerity of the Nashville-based Americana artist transforms his performances into communal celebrations. Mayfield and his sister, acclaimed singer/songwriter Jessica Lea, came by their professions naturally. The siblings began touring with their family’s bluegrass band as children. Mayfield’s unique background and gregarious personality have made fans out of a range of stars, including members of Phish and Mumford & Sons. With Sean McConnell.
Tickets are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Jackpot
James Snyder of Philadelphia’s Beach Slang sounds like the tormented little brother of the Replacements’ Paul Westerberg. “The Things We Do to Find People Who Feel Like Us,” the sensitive punk band’s highly anticipated debut album, will be released on Oct. 30. With Lithuania and Worriers.
The cover charge is $12. Details are available at jackpotmusichall.com.
Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star