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Kansas City concerts: Junior Brown, John Paul White, Dale Watson and Ray Benson

The Lumineers will perform Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Sprint Center.
The Lumineers will perform Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Sprint Center. .


Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Granada

Huey Mack specializes in providing a hedonistic soundtrack to raging keggers, disorderly dorm room blowouts and rush week soirees on American college campuses. Filthy tracks like “Favorite Song” place the party-oriented rapper from West Virginia squarely in the jaunty tradition of Asher Roth, Sammy Adams and Hoodie Allen. Mack’s music may be as disposable as a red Solo cup, but it’s also an essential component of countless hedonist gatherings of young scholars. With Aaron Alexander.

▪ 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $15 in advance.


Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Riot Room

Re-creating the deliriously trashy rock of the New York Dolls is an artistically worthwhile but commercially perilous formula. Wyldlife’s decadent glam-rock is an amiably campy homage to their New York forbearers. “Out on Your Block,” the band’s third album, will be released by Wicked Cool Records, the label run by legendary garage rock impresario Little Steven, on Friday, Jan. 20. With Bad Wheels, the Runaway Sons and Mr. and the Mrs.

▪ 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. $8 in advance.


Friday, Jan. 20, Knuckleheads

Junior Brown is a flesh-and-blood version of the TV variety show “Hee Haw.” The homespun humor and sterling musicianship that were among the most beloved qualities of the bygone program are essential components of Brown’s career. The droll “Highway Patrol” and “My Wife Thinks You’re Dead” are among the Brown songs that revive the “Hee Haw” aesthetic. Brown’s jaw-dropping fretwork playing on his custom-designed guit-steel would have undoubtedly impressed “Hee Haw” host and guitar virtuoso Roy Clark. With McKinley James, Jason Smay and Ray Jacildo.

▪ 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $20 in advance.


Friday, Jan. 20, at the Tank Room

Royal Teeth is a thinking person’s pop group. The Louisiana-based quartet’s songs contain all the sugary goodness of chart-toppers by the likes of Ariana Grande, but they’re underpinned by disconcerting nuances that reflect adult concerns. The dance ditty “Heartbeats” contains lyrics about spiritual ambiguity. “Kids Conspire” addresses generational disparities. Long burdened by next-big-thing status, Royal Teeth may finally find mainstream success in 2017. With Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type.

▪ 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20. Tank Room. 816-214-6403. $15 in advance.


Saturday, Jan. 21, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Dedicated viewers of ESPN’s Spanish-language broadcasts heard Alexis y Fido’s rendition of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)” last summer. Rebranded as “Si No Tiene El Swing,” the Puerto Rican duo’s new version of the jazz standard promoted the cable sports network’s presentations of Major League Baseball games. The campaign reflects Alexis y Fido’s eagerness to blend genres. The pair seamlessly meld reggae, hip-hop and pop on their breezy hits.

▪ 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. $65 in advance.


Saturday, Jan. 21, at Knuckleheads

John Paul White’s intensely sensual duets with Joy Williams in the folk-based duo the Civil Wars captivated millions of listeners. Although the Civil Wars disbanded in 2014, White’s penchant for creating smoldering music hasn’t been doused. His 2016 solo album “Beulah” is filled with quietly simmering songs like “Black Leaf,” a suffocating ballad in which the heartthrob of the Americana scene sighs “now she’s gone and I can’t get no air.” With the Kernal.

▪ 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $19.50 in advance.


Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Granada

Unlike the electronic dance music producers who create deliberately shallow and unabashedly jubilant sounds, Eprom’s output often resembles the score to a terrifyingly graphic crime movie. The sinister sound created by Sander Dennis, the Portland man who works as Eprom, may not appeal to everyone, but he received validation when revered electronic music innovator Aphex Twin recently incorporated “Samurai” into his first set in the United States in eight years.

▪ 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $15 in advance.


Sunday, Jan. 22, at Knuckleheads

The lyrics of “The Ballad of Dale and Ray,” the amusing statement of purpose that opens the new duet album by Dale Watson and Ray Benson, explain the Texans’ differences and similarities. Country traditionalist Watson loves listening to Merle Haggard and drinking Lone Star beer. Benson, the founder and leader of Asleep at the Wheel, prefers Johnny Cash and marijuana. The men will perform strong original material like “Cryin’ to Cryin’ Time Again” and honky-tonk classics on Sunday. With Colter Wall.

▪ 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. $25 in advance.


Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Sprint Center

Selections by the Lumineers claimed the top two spots in a Top Songs of 2016 poll conducted by Kansas City radio station 90.9 the Bridge earlier this month. “Ophelia” and “Cleopatra,” typically ingratiating folk-rock songs on the Denver band’s second album, have helped catapult the trio’s popularity into the stratosphere. It’s heady territory for a band that appeared at the intimate Riot Room in Westport less than four years ago. With Andrew Bird and Margaret Glaspy.

▪ 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. $27.50-$57.50 in advance.


Tuesday, Jan. 24, at the Granada

The misshapen vocals and off-kilter songs of Bradford Cox can make the music of Deerhunter seem hopelessly obtuse. Lurking just underneath the surface of the Atlanta band’s sound, however, are prog-rock instincts that would please fans of Yes and Genesis, a hidden trait that Deerhunter shares with the likeminded members of the similarly acclaimed group Animal Collective. The artfully damaged grandiosity of Deerhunter’s recordings is often replaced by more visceral rock at the band’s live shows.

▪  9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Granada. 785-842-1390. $18 in advance.


Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Replay Lounge

The imagery in the music video for “My War” casts Heather and Jessica Hottman as edgy indie-rockers. The music tells a different story. As much as the women would like to align themselves with the fashionable indie-rock artists on the roster of Saddle Creek Records, the prominent label based in their hometown of Omaha, the Hottman Sisters sound more like Midwestern roots-rock acts like the Jayhawks and the Grisly Hand on their impressive 2016 album, “This Two.”

▪ 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. Replay Lounge. 785-749-7676. The cover charge is $3.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star