Top shows: Skinny Puppy, Indigo Girls, the Wild Feathers and more

The Wild Feathers Wednesday at the Granada

Kings of Leon disenfranchised a lot of fans on its way to stardom. Listeners who miss the pre-arena rock version of the band may be able to heal their broken hearts by allowing themselves to fall in love with the Wild Feathers, a Nashville-based band playing burly roots-based music. The Wild Feathers also resonate with advocates of the Avett Brothers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Two bands from Austin open the show. Saints of Valory play a slick form of modern rock that features heroic choruses. Jamestown Revival is an appealingly rustic duo.

Tickets are $13 in advance through thegranada.com.

Rachel Ries
Friday at The Brick

Born in South Dakota and raised by Mennonite missionaries, Rachel Ries possesses a distinctive worldview. Ries’ status as a member of the relatively traditional singer-songwriter circuit may change upon the release of the forthcoming album “Ghost of a Gardener.” The project’s expansive sound is likely to appeal to pop and indie-rock fans. Before he began focusing on filmmaking, Anthony Ladesich was best known as one of Kansas City’s finest songwriters. Ladesich will showcase his musical side with his new ensemble the Secret Liquor Cure. Ben Summers, a member of Kansas City’s the Grisly Hand, rounds out the bill.

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Indigo Girls with the Kansas City Symphony Saturday at Helzberg Hall

The pairing of the Indigo Girls with the Kansas City Symphony may strike many as odd. The homespun music of the veteran duo of singer-songwriters certainly doesn’t require the formal enhancement of a large classical ensemble. Much of the appeal of the Indigo Girls hits like 1989’s “Closer to Fine” and 1992’s “Galileo” lies in their simplicity. Yet the prospect of hearing the disparate entities collaborate is tantalizing. Passionate fans of the Indigo Girls and loyal advocates of the Symphony will be able to appraise the value of the intriguing merger on Saturday.

Tickets range from $45 to $80 in advance through



The Hounds Below Saturday at the Czar Bar

The failure of the Von Bondies to achieve a meaningful commercial breakthrough reflects poorly on the vagaries of the music industry. Even the 2004 semi-hit “C’mon C’mon” couldn’t help the exemplary Detroit-based band gain much traction. The Von Bondies front man Jason Stollsteimer is starting from scratch with the Hounds Below. His new ensemble plies a slightly less-manic version of garage rock. Three locally based ensembles open Saturday’s show. A veteran of Kansas City’s indie-rock scene, Josh Berwanger recently released the exceptional power-pop album “Strange Stains.” The jangle-pop band Is Paris Burning and the Pedro the Lion-inspired BearFace round out the bill.

Tickets are $8 in advance through czarkc.com.

Federation of Horsepower Saturday at the Riot Room

Kansas City has a formidable annual presence in Austin during the South By Southwest music conference. While more than 1,700 acts are awarded with official showcases at the industry convention, dozens of locally based bands will perform at an unsanctioned stage organized by the Midwest Music Foundation. The ambitious undertaking requires funding. Proceeds from Saturday’s show will be applied to the cause. The blues-metal veterans Federation of Horsepower top the bill. Dead Girls is a top-notch power-pop band. The trash-rock ensemble Drop a Grand and the garage-rock band Scruffy the Janitors also perform at the benefit show.

Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Skinny Puppy Sunday at the Granada

Representatives of Skinny Puppy recently revealed that the band has submitted an invoice to the United States government for the alleged use of its music to torture prisoners in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The claim may be a publicity stunt to promote the groundbreaking industrial rock band’s current tour, but it’s not difficult to imagine abrasive Skinny Puppy tracks being used to break the will of detainees. While a host of noisemakers have since surpassed the ferocity of Vancouver’s Skinny Puppy, few ensembles made more disturbing music in the 1980s. The beat-heavy Italian collective Army of the Universe opens the show.

Tickets are $25 in advance through thegranada.com.

Busdriver Monday at the Riot Room

In the small pond of underground hip-hop, Busdriver is a big fish. The Los Angeles-based rapper is bringing his Hellfyre Club crew to the Riot Room on Monday. Like an older and slightly wearier version of the Odd Future collective, Hellfyre Club members Busdriver, Milo, Nocando and Open Mike Eagle take pride in their shared status as outliers in the hip-hop universe. Kansas City’s Heartfelt Anarchy — the adventurous duo of D/Will and Les Izmore — and Second Hand King, a locally based artist who combines doo-wop with hip-hop, serve as the Hellfyre Club’s opening acts.

Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Mime Game Tuesday at the RecordBar

Formed by Dillon DeVoe in 2007 as a side project when he was the front man of the major label act the Josephine Collective, Kansas City’s Mime Game crafts memorably melodic rock. All four songs on its glossy 2013 EP “Do Your Work” shimmer like potential hits. Portions of “Do Your Work” were recorded in the studio of grunge veteran Scott Weiland, but Mime Game’s glossy sound resembles the crafty pop of bands like the Dandy Warhols. Four locally based ensembles share Tuesday’s bill with Mime Game. We Are Voices create solid indie-rock. Middle Twin craft peculiar art-rock. Newcomers Modern Day Fitzgerald and Jolie Laide open the show.

Tickets are $5 in advance through threcordbar.com.

Jonny Lang Sunday at Kanza Hall

Jonny Lang is just 33, but he’s already been through more highs and lows than many people experience in a lifetime. After becoming an internationally acclaimed blues sensation as a teenager, Lang fell prey to the detrimental trappings of stardom. Lang has since managed to get his life in order. His 2013 album “Fight for My Soul” — Lang’s first studio album in seven years — demonstrates that his lifestyle isn’t the only thing that’s changed. His new approach incorporates silky R elements that are closer in spirit to Smokey Robinson than Stevie Ray Vaughan. Kansas City’s rising blues-rock star Samantha Fish opens the show.

Tickets are $26 in advance through oneblocksouthkc.com.

Hot Buttered Rum Friday at the Bottleneck and Saturday at Knuckleheads

This week’s Folk Alliance Conference isn’t the exclusive domain of pious singers of protest songs. Conference attendees Hot Buttered Rum and Gangstagrass reflect the breadth of contemporary folk music. The agile work of San Francisco’s Hot Buttered Rum bears a strong resemblance to the bluegrass-based output of the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. The quintet is also capable of playing a nimble version of Gypsy swing. As the name of the Brooklyn-based band indicates, Gangstagrass is an amusing melding of hip-hop and bluegrass. Cornmeal, a rousing bluegrass band from Chicago, will also perform at the Bottleneck on Friday.

Tickets to Friday’s show are $13 in advance through the bottlenecklive.com Saturday’s show are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.