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KC concerts Aug. 17-21: Lady Antebellum, Father John Misty, Die Antwoord

Lady Antebellum will perform Thursday, Aug. 17, at Sprint Center.
Lady Antebellum will perform Thursday, Aug. 17, at Sprint Center. Invision/AP

Lady Antebellum

Thursday, Aug. 17, at Sprint Center

While Lady Antebellum is still marketed as a country act, the vibrant songs on the trio’s latest release, “Heart Break,” don’t sound terribly different from the pop hits of Bruno Mars or Selena Gomez. The sassy new single, “You Look Good,” is a horn-driven dance track. No longer obliged to maintain the pretense of being a country act, Lady Antebellum is likely to revel in its newfound freedom during its return to the Sprint Center. With Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $29.50-$66.25 through sprintcenter.com.

Marco Antonio Solís

Friday, Aug. 18, at Sprint Center

“Casas de Carton,” the opening track of the 1975 debut album of Los Bukis, possesses the traits that have come to define the career of bandleader Marco Antonio Solis. The Mexican artist who would soon become an international star laments that “my people live in cardboard houses” in a sweet voice that soars over an arrangement that melds cosmopolitan pop with the regional styles of his homeland. Solis has perfected his flair for dramatic ballads as a solo artist. With Jesse & Joy.

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $59-$149 through sprintcenter.com.

Dave Rawlings Machine

Friday, Aug. 18, at the Folly Theater

Not since Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris collaborated in the 1970s has a country-oriented musical partnership between a man and a woman been more artistically rewarding than the alliance of David Rawlings and Gillian Welch. The duo is on the road promoting “Poor David’s Almanack,” the latest album in an almost flawless series of recordings that began with Welch’s astounding 1996 debut, “Revival.” “Cumberland Gap,” an out-of-character nod to the craggy rock of Neil Young & Crazy Horse, is among the project’s surprises.

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. Folly Theater. 816-474-4444. Tickets are $24.50-$34.50 through follytheater.org.

Die Antwoord

Friday, Aug. 18, at the Uptown Theater

Horrified hip-hop traditionalists might be inclined to cite Die Antwoord as proof that image often outstrips substance in 2017. The South African duo of Ninja and Yolandi Visser have become pre-eminent pop culture provocateurs by mimicking the tactics of shock-rock acts like Marilyn Manson. Fans who attend Friday’s sold-out concert might be titillated by Die Antwoord’s scandalous lyrics and outlandish behavior, but they’ll also hear cutting-edge beats that merit the begrudging respect of the duo’s skeptics. With DJ Flash.

8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets to the sold-out show were $35 through uptowntheater.com.

Soul Revival

Saturday, Aug. 19, at RecordBar

With the recent release of the convincing EP “Back to Love,” Soul Revival has become Kansas City’s pre-eminent R&B band. The sterling compositions “Fall in Love” and “If You Ask Me Again (I Do)” stack up with the output of like-minded hitmakers including Avant and Lalah Hathaway. The smooth crooning of Derick Jolliff-Cunigan and the lush arrangements of Desmond Mason will inspire dancers at a show billed as “A Summer Night of Soul.” With Asa Barnes.

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $15 through therecordbar.com.

Father John Misty

Sunday, Aug. 20, at Crossroads KC

Josh Tillman, the man who creates self-aware music as Father John Misty, is dedicated to obliterating the fourth wall that separates performers and audiences. The singer/songwriter delivered a portion of his 2015 outing at Starlight Theatre while lounging in empty seats near the stage. His set at the Uptown Theater last year featured a neon sign that read “no photography.” On his bleak new 13-minute narrative, “Leaving LA,” Tillman anticipates rejection from his fans: “I used to like this guy — this new (stuff) really kinda makes me wanna die.” With Tennis.

8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $35-$75 through crossroadskc.com.

City and Colour

Monday, Aug. 21, at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

Dallas Green is positioned near the top of the enormous heap of bearded and tattooed singer/songwriters. The slight echo of his previous output as a member of the Canadian post-hardcore band Alexisonfire differentiates him from other purveyors of gloomy folk. When he confesses that “I am the world’s poor pessimist” on his 2011 album, “Little Hell,” Green sounds powerful rather than pitiful. The glimmer of hopefulness that imbues Green’s recent work promises to make Monday’s show rousing rather than dreary. With Marlon Williams.

8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $35 through midlandkc.com.

Downtown Boys

Monday, Aug. 21, White Schoolhouse

White Schoolhouse, a structure that once served as a classroom, is an appropriate setting for Monday’s performance by the Rhode Island-based band Downtown Boys. The songs of the activist collective resemble musical essays inspired by a course in comparative leftist politics. Downtown Boys’ strident new album, “Cost of Living,” picks up where its 2015 release, “Full Communism,” left off. Horn-driven songs like “Promissory Note” revive the original punk spirit with feisty glory. With Ebony Tusks and Warm Bodies.

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21. White Schoolhouse (1510 N. Third St., Lawrence). 785-550-5365. Tickets are $10 through eventbrite.com/e/downtown-boys-ebony-tusks-warm-bodies-tickets-35544744287#tickets.

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