Flight of the Conchords
Thursday, July 7, at Starlight Theatre
The profoundly droll duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie craft hilarious spoofs of pious singer/songwriters and ridiculous hip-hop boasts as Flight of the Conchords. On their popular song “Hurt Feelings,” the duo lists slights including being told that “you’ve got a weird-shaped head” that cause them to shed “the bulletproof 24-karat gold tears of a rapper.” With David O’Doherty.
8 p.m. Thursday, July 7. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $35-$50 in advance.
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Friday, July 8, at RecordBar
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down recently found the funk. Produced by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, the new album by the acclaimed indie-rock band led by Thao Nguyen includes rhythmic elements inspired by James Brown and George Clinton. The group’s striking new sound will incite frenzied dancing on Friday. With Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type.
▪ 8 p.m. Friday, July 8. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $15 in advance.
Femi Kuti & the Positive Force
Friday, July 8, at Crossroads KC
Femi Kuti faces the formidable challenge of living up to the larger-than-life legacy of his father. A legendary Nigerian musician and activist, Fela Kuti was a combination of James Brown and Jesse Jackson. His son will celebrate his heritage during a headlining performance at the Roots and Heritage Festival on Friday. With Roots of Creation, Soul Rebel & the Beast, Sunu, Lion Dub and DJ Rico.
▪ 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $25.50-$67 in advance.
Saturday, July 9, at the Bottleneck
There’s a reason that Swmrs’ snotty version of pop-punk resembles the deliriously immature early work of Green Day. The quartet’s drummer, Joey Armstrong, is the son of Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. Swmrs’ ridiculously juvenile songs include an admiring ode to Miley Cyrus. With PartyBaby and Scruffy and the Janitors.
▪ 9 p.m. Saturday, July 9. The Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. thebottlenecklive.com. $9 in advance.
Saturday, July 9, at KC Live
The Wombats may not be as famous as like-minded British colleagues such as Bloc Party and Franz Ferdinand, but the trio’s indie-pop is no less compelling than the work of its better known peers. The group will showcase minor hits like “Greek Tragedy” and “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” at Saturday’s bargain-priced concert. With Cheerleader and Coast Modern.
▪ 7 p.m. Saturday, July 9. KC Live. 816-842-1045. powerandlightdistrict.com. $9.65 in advance.
Saturday, July 9, at the Riot Room
The ensemble appearing at the Riot Room on Saturday has no connection to the home of the Kansas Jayhawks. The New York-based sibling duo of Clyde and Gracie Lawrence creates the sort of soulful pop associated with John Mayer. Lawrence songs like the clever “Netflix and chill” derivation “Do You Wanna Do Nothing With Me?” sound like future hits. With the Phantastics and Good Ole Fashion.
▪ 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $10 in advance.
Saturday, July 9, at Knuckleheads
Fresh from his appearance as a headlining act at the Westport Roots Festival in May, the honky-tonk purist Dale Watson returns to the area for a show at Knuckleheads. “Jonesin’ for Jones,” Watson’s tribute to George Jones, and knee-slapping songs like “Mamas Don’t Let Your Cowboys Grow Up to Be Babies,” are likely to fill the dance floor. With Wayne “the Train” Hancock.
▪ 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $15 in advance.
Sunday, July 10, at the Uptown Theater
The obsessive devotion of cultish fans of veteran indie-rock band Garbage is entirely merited. Steve Marker’s ear-tingling guitar tones, vocalist Shirley Manson’s charismatic stage presence and star producer Butch Vig’s moonlighting role as the quartet’s powerful drummer are among Garbage’s many attributes. With Kristin Kontrol.
▪ 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $25-$75 in advance.
Twenty One Pilots
Sunday, July 10, at Sprint Center
Just three years ago, Ohio-based Twenty One Pilots was playing small clubs like the Bottleneck. The peppy indie-pop and confessional raps of Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph have made Twenty One Pilots one of the world’s hottest groups. A capacity audience will sing along with massive hits like “Stressed Out” and “Heathens.” With Mutemath and Chef’Special.
▪ 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Sprint Center. 888-929-7849. sprintcenter.com. Tickets to the officially sold-out concert were $23-$43 in advance.
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Sunday, July 10, at Knuckleheads
“All I Ever Wonder,” the latest single from Alabama ensemble St. Paul and the Broken Bones, is the sort of uplifting song that is liable to send audiences into paroxysms of spiritual ecstasy. Aficionados of the blue-eyed soul of Van Morrison or soul revivalists like Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings won’t want to miss Sunday’s show. With Amasa Hines.
▪ 8 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $27 in advance.
Tuesday, July 12, at Providence Amphitheater
If his sold-out concert at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in January didn’t convince his doubters that G-Eazy had become a mainstream star, his contribution to the soundtrack of the new “Ghostbusters” reboot is a clear indication that the Oakland rapper has arrived. He’ll electrify thousands of fans with renditions of lurid hits like “I Mean It” on Tuesday. With Logic, YG and Yo Gotti.
▪ 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 12. Providence Amphitheater. 800-745-3000. providenceamp.com. $25-$69.50 in advance.
Wednesday, July 13, at the Riot Room patio
The audience on the patio of the Riot Room on Wednesday is advised to brace itself for musical whiplash. Little Tybee regularly jumps from wistful folk to classical interludes to shards of heavy metal. With elite musicianship and exquisite song craft, the chamber-rock band from Atlanta seamlessly melds the disparate musical elements. With Lazar Wolf and Shortsweather.
▪ 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13. Riot Room patio. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $5 in advance.