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The weekend’s best live music: Elvis Costello, Helmet and the Homegrown Buzz Showcase

Elvis Costello
Thursday, March 5, Uptown Theater
Touring without a backing band will allow Elvis Costello to highlight his lyrical and melodic gifts at the Uptown Theater. Having released about 30 solo albums since 1977, Costello can draw on a treasure trove of familiar and obscure material. With Larkin Poe.
Tickets range from $45-$125 in advance through ticketmaster.com.
Elvis Costello Thursday, March 5, Uptown Theater Touring without a backing band will allow Elvis Costello to highlight his lyrical and melodic gifts at the Uptown Theater. Having released about 30 solo albums since 1977, Costello can draw on a treasure trove of familiar and obscure material. With Larkin Poe. Tickets range from $45-$125 in advance through ticketmaster.com. The Associated Press

Elvis Costello

Thursday, March 5, Uptown Theater

Touring without a backing band will allow Elvis Costello to highlight his lyrical and melodic gifts at the Uptown Theater. Having released about 30 solo albums since 1977, Costello can draw on a treasure trove of familiar and obscure material. With Larkin Poe.

Tickets range from $45-$125 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Homegrown Buzz Showcase

Saturday, March 7, Power & Light District

More than two dozen locally based rock bands will perform Saturday on several stages in the central core of the Power & Light District. Notable participants include the punk band the Architects and the psychedelic rockers Various Blonde.

The cover charge is $5. Details are available at powerandlightdistrict.com.

The Floozies

Saturday, March 7, Granada

The Floozies have quietly become one of Lawrence’s best-known musical exports. The party-oriented electro-rock duo has filled dance floors across the country in recent years. The funky new album “Do Your Thing” is filled with club-bangers. With Russ Liquid.

Tickets are $15 in advance through thegranada.com.

Shirin

Saturday, March 7, Back Room at Knuckleheads

Monday, March 9, Riot Room

The promotional materials for the glam-oriented British artist Shirin don’t hold back. Shirin’s press kit suggests that the “blonde bombshell” creates “playfully sexy, glamorous power pop” and cites Debbie Harry as one of her inspirations. Ishi opens Monday’s show at the Riot Room.

Tickets to Saturday’s show in the Back Room at Knuckleheads are $10 in advance through thegranada.com.

Tickets to Monday’s show at the Riot Room at $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Title Fight

Sunday, March 8, Bottleneck

One of the dreamiest guitar-based rock releases in recent memory, Title Fight’s melancholy “Hyperview” is a collection of gorgeous soundscapes. The Pennsylvania band will attempt to re-create the otherworldly atmosphere on Sunday. With Merchandise and Power Trip.

Tickets are $16 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.

Helmet

Sunday, March 8, RecordBar

An album that altered the course of metal, grunge and indie-rock when it was released in 1994, “Betty” showed how the innovations of Sonic Youth could be applied to a variety of formats. Helmet will perform the game-changing album in its entirety on Sunday.

Tickets to the sold-out show were $20 in advance through therecordbar.com.

Common Kings

Sunday, March 8, Riot Room

The warm “Wade in Your Water,” one of Common Kings’ most popular songs, evokes a nurturing sun and a gentle breeze. The California band’s blend of reggae and rhythm and blues will provide a jump on spring for appreciative dancers. With New Kingston, 77 Jefferson and Zach Mufasa.

Tickets are $20 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Crown Larks

Tuesday, March 10, FOKL center

Wednesday, March 11, Replay Lounge

A psychedelic noise-rock band from Chicago, Crown Larks’ performances are headlong dives into chaos. Arc Flash, Sneaky Creeps and No Cave open Tuesday’s show at the FOKL center. Wednesday’s openers at the Replay Lounge are Arc Flash and Various Blonde.

The cover charge for Tuesday’s show at FOKL is $5. Details are available at foklcenter.com.

The cover charge for Wednesday’s show at Replay is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.

Viet Cong

Wednesday, March 11, RecordBar

Sounding as if it materialized directly from a grainy 1987 video aired on MTV’s alternative rock program “120 Minutes,” the Canadian band Viet Cong perform bleak post-punk in the vein of Joy Division and Bauhaus. With Muscle Worship and Monta at Odds.

Tickets are $10 in advance through therecordbar.com.

Jerrod Niemann

Wednesday, March 11, Kanza Hall

Kanza Hall has become a reliable suburban outpost for established country artists. The Overland Park venue will host Jerrod Niemann on Wednesday. He topped the country charts in 2011 with a version of “Lover, Lover.” With Brent Rupard.

Tickets are $25 in advance through oneblocksouthkc.com.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star

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