Friday, Feb. 12, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
A few odd flourishes disrupt the delirious pop perfection of Lucius’ new single “Born Again Teen.” The frantic song’s unexpected twists and turns effectively simulate the giddy sensation of feeling “like we’re only 16.” The impressive musical sorcery of the peppy Brooklyn-based group tops the bill at Friday’s free show. With JR JR, Marian Hill and Yes You Are.
Details about the free show are available at midlandkc.com.
Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Uptown Theater
An early Valentine’s Day present for carnally minded lovers in the Kansas City area, Avant’s concert will arouse the passions of the R&B vocalist’s ardent fans on Saturday. Steamy renditions of Avant hits like the sexually charged “Makin’ Good Love” and the adult love song “Special” will set the mood for romance. With Silk.
Tickets range from $47 to $72 in advance through uptowntheater.com.
Friday, Feb. 12, at the Folly Theater
Although Missouri string wizard Mike Henderson and rising country star Chris Stapleton severed ties with the SteelDrivers several years ago, the Nashville-based band has retained a loyal following among listeners who appreciate homespun bluegrass and rough-hewn country songs that address adult concerns.
Tickets are $15-$40 in advance through follytheater.org.
Friday, Feb. 12, at the Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads
“So This Is Life,” the desultory title track of Courtney Patton’s 2015 album, may be one of the gloomiest country songs ever written. The somber account of a couple who are unable to surmount life’s challenges acknowledges the difficulty of living after “you give up who you want to be.” The talented Texan is married to the similarly melancholy singer-songwriter Jason Eady.
Tickets are $10 in advance through knuckleheadskc.com.
I Heart Local Music Presents: SXSW Bound
Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Jackpot Saloon
Fally Afani, the woman behind I Heart Local Music, is a steadfast advocate of Lawrence’s indie-rock scene. She’s helping several locally based musicians finance travel to Austin to play shows concurrent with the SXSW music conference next month. Participants in the two-day fundraiser include Real Adults and Wendy Moira on Friday, and Arc Flash and Ebony Tusks on Saturday.
The cover charge is $3 per day. Details are available at iheartlocalmusic.com.
Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
The radiant party music of the Floozies, a Lawrence-based electro-funk duo, has attained a national following. Dancers across the country have shimmied to the duo’s beat-heavy sound. The Floozies have embarked on a national tour that includes an appearance at the prestigious Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. With Sunsquabi and Defunk.
Tickets are $20 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Replay Lounge
MilkDrop and his production partner, Approach, are hip-hop formalists. The tandem creates music that’s deliberately out of step with the lurid lyrical concerns and comparatively rudimentary sounds employed by many of today’s most popular stars. The duo will showcase music from MilkDrop’s impressive new album “Poet at Heart” at the Replay Lounge on Saturday.
The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.
Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Tank Room
Tor Miller shares a record label with Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, but the aspiring pop star from Brooklyn makes substantially glossier music than the Kansas City mother-and-son duo. The catchy songs of the ambitious Glassnote Records artist evoke the work of chart-toppers like Ed Sheeran and Hozier. With Sean McVerry and the Greeting Committee.
Tickets are $10 in advance through thetankroom.com.
Monday, Feb. 15, at the Riot Room
Mothers, an arty indie-rock quartet from Athens, Ga., is poised to have a breakout year. Pegged by the taste-making site Stereogum as one of the “best new bands of 2015,” Mothers is in the midst of an international tour that includes highly anticipated appearances in London and at SXSW. Mothers’ debut album will be released on Feb. 26. With the Yotes and La Guerre.
Tickets are $8 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Sprint Center
Given that the cumulative age of the three remaining original members of Black Sabbath is 200, it’s not difficult to believe that vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler are sincere when they characterize the current tour as the last hurrah of the primary architects of heavy metal. With Rival Sons.
Tickets are $37 to $148 in advance through sprintcenter.com.
Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Uptown Theater
Kevin Gates insists that he’s a gangster with a heart of gold. The gritty rapper from Baton Rouge, La., made headlines for his role in a violent incident involving a fan in Florida last year. The man responsible for hits including “I Don’t Get Tired” and “Really Really” has repeatedly addressed the controversy in his songs. With Young Greatness and OG Boobie Black.
Tickets are $26 in advance through uptowntheater.com.
Jeffrey Foucault and Caitlin Canty
Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Tank Room
The sublime songs of two journeyman singer-songwriters will enchant listeners at the Tank Room on Wednesday. Jeffrey Foucault is a highly respected artist from Wisconsin. He produced Caitlin Canty’s equally acclaimed 2015 album, “Reckless Skyline,” an exquisite project that features a stunning reworking of Neil Young’s “Unknown Legend.”
The cover charge is $10. Details are available at thetankroom.com.