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This week in KC gigs: Marissa Nadler, Emmylou Harris, Tacocat, Rae Sremmurd

Emmylou Harris has assembled a cast of luminaries to perform with her in an acoustic setting on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Helzberg Hall.
Emmylou Harris has assembled a cast of luminaries to perform with her in an acoustic setting on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Helzberg Hall. Invision/AP

Lera Lynn

Thursday, Oct. 6, at Knuckleheads

Lera Lynn seems determined to demonstrate that she’s more than the mysterious woman who sang alluringly narcoleptic songs in the corner of a dive bar in the second season of the HBO series “True Detective.” Her striking new album “Resistor” contains moments that evoke the hallucinatory folk-rock of bands like the Cowboy Junkies, but the Nashville-based Lynn also shows that she can get bodies moving on upbeat songs like “Drive.” With Indianola.

8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $15 in advance.

Marissa Nadler

Thursday, Oct. 6, at RecordBar

Marissa Nadler begins a stint as the extremely unlikely opening act for the costumed Swedish heavy metal band Ghost the day after Thursday’s show at RecordBar. The pairing is shocking. Nadler, a Boston-based singer-songwriter, occasionally resembles an art-school version of Lucinda Williams. While impatient fans of Ghost are likely to respond boorishly to Nadler’s hushed music, her ethereal sounds will hypnotize admirers. With Emmaline Twist.

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $15 in advance.

Lindsey Stirling

Friday, Oct. 7, at the Music Hall

The plucky marketing skills of Lindsey Stirling have made the resourceful artist an international star. An inspired series of 80 self-produced videos have been viewed more than 1.5 billion times on YouTube. Stirling has suggested that until she came along, members of the public didn’t realize that they craved a pop-oriented violinist who accentuates her melodic playing with the theatricality of a contemporary ballet hoofer. She’s touring in support of her third studio album “Brave Enough.” With Shawn Hook.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Music Hall. 800-653-8000. $44-$57 in advance.


Elvis Costello

Friday, Oct. 7, at Yardley Hall

In a review that characterized an April appearance as “disarmingly revealing and often uproariously funny,” a critic for The Los Angeles Times advised that Elvis Costello’s 2016 performances can seem like an odd bundle of “multimedia bonus content for his recently published autobiography, ‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink.’ ” The cosmopolitan rock star is expected to regale Friday’s audience with stories from his fabled career as he switches between guitar and piano during the solo outing. With Larkin Poe.

7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Yardley Hall. 913-469-4445. $46-$125 in advance.

Wynonna and the Big Noise

Friday, Oct. 7, at Ameristar Casino

Wynonna Judd is back, and she wants what’s hers. The new self-titled album from her new project Wynonna and the Big Noise indicates that Judd is intent on reminding the public that she’s a powerhouse vocalist. The album — Judd’s first in five years — is much bluesier than her hits in the 1980s as the younger half of the mother-daughter duo the Judds.

8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7. Ameristar Casino. 816-414-7000. $40-$55 in advance.


Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Jackpot Music Hall

Tacocat summarizes its sound in a concise Facebook biography: “Go-Go’s meets The Monkees. Kurt meets Courtney.” The Seattle quartet’s recordings also sound as if the Ramones discography were dipped in chocolate. Tacocat’s new album “Lost Time” opens with “Dana Katherine Scully,” an ode to the heroine of “The X-Files.” “I Hate the Weekend,” a denunciation of people who aren’t full-time slackers, and the relationship drama of “You Can’t Fire Me, I Quit” reflect similarly colorful facets of the band’s playful punk attitude. With Daddy Issues and Wendy Moira.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Jackpot Music Hall. 785-832-1085. $12 in advance.

Emmylou Harris

Saturday, Oct. 8, at Helzberg Hall

A handful of elite folk, country and roots-rock artists have banded together to assist people caught up in the travails of perilous migrations. Lampedusa: Concerts For Refugees events like Saturday’s concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts raise money and increase awareness on behalf of displaced people. The esteemed country star Emmylou Harris has assembled luminaries including Patty Griffin, Steve Earle, the Milk Carton Kids and Buddy Miller to perform with her in an acoustic setting on Saturday.

8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Helzberg Hall. 816-994-7200. $49-$89.

PorchFest KC

Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Valentine neighborhood

Dozens of porches in the Valentine neighborhood east of Southwest Trafficway and west of Broadway Boulevard will be transformed into makeshift stages on Saturday. Established acts and relative unknowns will play for tips at PorchFest KC. Notable performers include Hammerhedd (4:30 p.m. at 3628 Pennsylvania), a young group that recently caught the attention of the members of the heavy metal titans Metallica, the veteran jazz keyboardist Ming Ning (11 a.m. at 3661 Jefferson) and the progressive bluegrass band Loaded Goat (1 p.m. at 3664 Jefferson).

11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Valentine neighborhood. Free.

Catfish and the Bottlemen

Monday, Oct. 10, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Catfish and the Bottlemen won the BRIT Award for the British Breakthrough Act of 2016 earlier this year. The BBC-affiliated honor affirmed what appreciative fans around the world already knew: The quartet from the scenic Welsh town of Llandudno create ingratiatingly melodic indie-rock in the tradition of Oasis, Muse and Arctic Monkeys. Catfish and the Bottlemen songs like “Soundcheck” and “Homesick” are as comfortable as a favorite black leather jacket. With Worn Flints.

8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $15 in advance.

Rae Sremmurd

Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Rae Sremmurd is having a moment. Coming off of an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” the brothers from Mississippi may not be known for lyrical complexity on their songs, but their beats are irresistible. Just listen to the hits on the duo’s two albums including “No Flex Zone,” “Black Beatles” and “No Type.” With Lil Yachty.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $35 in advance.

Dizzy Wright

Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Granada

Dizzy Wright’s obsession with marijuana and his knack for finding fresh beats often cause him to resemble the younger brother of the established star Wiz Khalifa. Drug-infused songs like “What’s in My Pot,” “420 Vibe” and “Fly High” have earned the Las Vegas rapper the loyalty of like-minded fans. Wright’s collaborations with stars including Logic, Kansas City’s Tech N9ne and his uncles Layzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony have further elevated his stature. With Audio Push, Mark Battles, Demrick and T Dubz.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Granada. 785-842-1390. $17 in advance.

Sigur Rós

Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The refined rock of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós owes as much to Ludwig van Beethoven as to David Bowie. Compositions like “Ára Bátur” echo the ecstatic triumph of the fourth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The two sets Sigur Rós will play at Wednesday’s sold-out show are likely to include new material that’s imbued with ethereal grandeur as well as a few familiar sweeping soundscapes from an extensive discography that dates back to 1997.

8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Sold out.

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Wednesday, Oct. 12, at RecordBar

Anyone still mourning the death of Amy Winehouse as well as the people who continue to lament the dissolution of the White Stripes are advised to find a seat on the bandwagon of Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. Even though the ensemble from Detroit is quickly ascending, there’s still plenty of room for new fans. The vibrant rockabilly sextet is on a roll after leaving favorable impressions at Riot Fest events in Chicago and Denver last month. With Tancred.

9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. $10 in advance.