Jason Boland & the Stragglers
Thursday, Feb. 2, at the Granada
The terse Twitter biography of Jason Boland & the Stragglers — “country music for people that like country music” — encapsulates the band’s unprocessed sound. Boland’s vocals occasionally falter as he sings about cradling a bottle of Shiner Bock beer and traversing I-35 on “Somewhere Down in Texas,” a typically rugged song that also features the whine of a pedal steel guitar and mournful fiddle accents. Based in Stillwater, Okla., the ensemble has been filling roadhouses with a homespun brand of country for almost 20 years. With Bri Bagwell.
9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. Granada. 785-842-1390. thegranada.com. $15 in advance.
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Friday, Feb. 3, at RecordBar
Erica Joy’s new five-song EP signals the arrival of an auspicious talent who is likely to induce a reshuffling of Kansas City’s rock ’n’ roll hierarchy. The singer/songwriter evokes artists ranging from Jeff Buckley to PJ Harvey on striking original compositions like “Come on Home.” She’ll be backed by guitarists Khitam Jabr and Britt Wild, bassist Michelle Bacon and drummer Stephanie Williams at Friday’s EP release show. With Rachel Mallin & the Wild Type and Nathan Corsi.
9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. $10 in advance.
Friday, Feb. 3, at the Madrid Theatre
Galactic may not have the brand recognition of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Neville Brothers or the members of the Marsalis clan, but the funky group has been one of the finest ambassadors of its hometown of New Orleans for years. Working with hometown rappers like Mystikal as well as tradition-minded stars such as Trombone Shorty, Galactic epitomizes the ongoing evolution of the sound of New Orleans. With Andy Frasco & the U.N.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. madridtheatre.com. $25-$50 in advance.
Friday, Feb. 3, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Troy Beetles, the Canadian man who constructs deliberately mechanical electronic dance music as Datsik, claims to “embody what it is to be a rave ninja.” Armed with a “shaolin bass” and potent material like “Just Sayain” from his recent EP “Sensei,” Beetles’ sinister industrial beats are likely to inspire martial arts-style dance moves from fans on Friday at the new Japanese-themed production billed as “The Shogun.” With Crizzly and Virtual Riot.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlankc.com. $28 in advance.
Friday, Feb. 3, at the Bottleneck
The bleak output of Chicago rapper Chief Keef (aka Keith Cozart) reflects the dystopian violence of his city. Having squandered the momentum created by his massive 2012 hits “I Don’t Like” and “Love Sosa,” Cozart impetuously announced his retirement from music last year. Thankfully, his departure from the scene didn’t last long. The erratic rapper is attempting to resurrect his flagging but still enormously promising career on his Two Zero One Seven tour. With Hoolie Gu, Ebony Tusks, Yung Grandpa and Nasty Orange.
9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. thebottlenecklive.com. $20 in advance.
Rich the Kid
Friday, Feb. 3, at the Granada
Rich the Kid is on track to become as famous as his high-profile collaborators. The 24-year-old rapper from New York recently posted a picture on Instagram of he and Kendrick Lamar relaxing in a recording studio. He has also issued songs featuring Young Thug, Migos and Jaden Smith. While that’s heady company for an artist who has yet to release his first album, Rich the Kid is already a leader of the latest wave of disruptive rappers like Lil Yachty. With Rory Fresco and Zarin Micheal.
8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Granada. 785-842-1390. thegranada.com. $18 in advance.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Saturday, Feb. 4, at RecordBar
The band name of Rainbow Kitten Surprise may be absurd, but it’s not the least bit misleading. The music of the North Carolina quintet is colorful, cuddly and unconventional. At first glance, the group looks and sounds like the sort of countercultural freak-folk ensemble that would be lucky to land a gig on the back porch of a smoke-friendly neighbor. Yet striking songs like “First Class” are as structurally sound as the output of bands that regularly fill arenas. With Caamp.
9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. therecordbar.com. Tickets to the sold-out show were $12 in advance.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Tank Room
The members of July Talk have happened upon a brilliant concept. Many of the Canadian band’s best songs sound as if gravel-voiced troubadour Tom Waits is sitting in with indie-pop band Grouplove. The flavorful combination of salty and sweet ingredients on the new album “Touch” has made July Talk an underground sensation. The quintet is likely to graduate from intimate clubs like the Tank Room after it makes a favorable impression at prominent festivals this summer. With Mona.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Tank Room. 816-214-6403. thetankroom.com. $9.65 in advance.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, at Riot Room
Riff Raff is more like a meme than a musician. Armed with an enormous sense of self-deprecating humor, the goofy rapper has bestowed himself with numerous nicknames, including the White Kanye West, Jody Highroller and the Peach Panther. He declares that “my life is like a movie” on “Dolce and Gabbana,” a reference to “Spring Breakers,” a 2013 film starring James Franco that was allegedly inspired by Riff Raff’s outrageous persona. Tuesday’s opening acts include Dolla Bill Gates, Super Shaq Gonzoe and Scotty Wu.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $25 in advance.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Kauffman Center
More than 50 years after its inception and three decades since its collaboration with Paul Simon on “Graceland” propelled the ensemble to global fame, Ladysmith Black Mambazo remains a consequential cultural force. Regular area appearances by the South African vocal institution have indicated that the group is thriving even without the presence of founder Joseph Shabalala. The group might receive its fifth Grammy Award for its “Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers” album in Los Angeles on Feb. 12.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Muriel Kauffman Theatre, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. 816-994-7200. kauffmancenter.org. $29-$49 in advance.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Riot Room
Casual fans of the boisterous alt-country band Old 97s might suppose that solo concerts by the group’s co-founder Rhett Miller are relatively subdued affairs. It’s not always the case. The Texan has been known to pour himself into unaccompanied renditions of Old 97’s material like the classic 2001 gem “King of All the World” with reckless abandon. Without the presence of his band mates at his more intimate solo outings, the gregarious Miller emphasizes his clever lyrics and banters with fans. With Brent Windler.
8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $20 in advance.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Bottleneck
Felly and his fellow rapper Gyyps make a telling exchange on the party song “Gorilla.” Shortly after he suggests that “I got love for the girls in the crowd getting lost in the marijuana clouds,” Felly is chided by Gyyps. “You can’t be coming out with this soft (stuff),” Gyyps raps. Felly retorts that “I like this soft (stuff).” His genial approach is clearly working for the 21-year-old rapper and multi-instrumentalist. With Gyyps and Sam Maxfield.
9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. thebottlenecklive.com. $16 in advance.