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This weekend’s best music: Dead Sara, Liturgy, Matt Pryor, James Hunter and Futurebirds

Charlie Parr will play Wednesday, April 15, at the RecordBar.
Charlie Parr will play Wednesday, April 15, at the RecordBar. Peter Lee

Dead Sara

Thursday, April 9, at the Riot Room

An uncompromising guitar-based band from Los Angeles, Dead Sara plays an aggressively loud form of rock that’s currently out of style. Even so, the quartet is one of the most fearsome live acts in rock ’n’ roll. With the Wans.

Tickets are $15 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Liturgy

Thursday, April 9, at the RecordBar

Controversial heavy metal theoreticians, the members of Liturgy are attempting to revolutionize the music. The Brooklyn band will attract a curious mix of skeptical head-bangers and adoring converts on Thursday. With Sannhet and Horse Lords.

Tickets are $12 in advance through therecordbar.com.

James Hunter

Friday, April 10, at Knuckleheads

An expert revivalist of the formative American R&B and rock ’n’ roll of the 1950s and early 1960s, British musician James Hunter is a heroic figure among fans of Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson and James Brown. With the Bel Airs.

Tickets are $18.50 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

Futurebirds

Friday, April 10, at the Riot Room

An alternative country band from Georgia, Futurebirds acquired new fans at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest in 2013. The band’s liberal use of twang, exhausted vocal style and memorable songs differentiate Futurebirds from its many like-minded peers. With Electric Orchids, Westerners and Crystal Baller.

Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Matt Pryor

Saturday, April 11, at Danny’s in Lenexa

As the primary singer for the Get Up Kids, Matt Pryor gave voice to the hopes and frustrations of thousands of young emo-loving fans in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His recent work indicates that he’s maturing gracefully. With Kangaroo Knife Fight and Josh Berwanger.

Tickets are $12 in advance. Details are available at dannysbarandgrill.com.

North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne

Saturday, April 11, at Knuckleheads

Fans unable to secure tickets to the Grateful Dead’s farewell concerts in Chicago can console themselves with Saturday’s show at Knuckleheads. The new collaboration between the North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne resembles classic Dead. With the Danielle Nicole Band.

Tickets are $24.50 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

Mikal Shapiro

Saturday, April 11, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

Widely considered to be one of Kansas City’s truest folk artists, Mikal Shapiro has expanded her sound on the noirish new album “The Musical.” She and her friends will celebrate the release of the project on Saturday. With Dead Voices and Hardship Letters.

The cover charge is $10. Details are available at daveysuptown.com.

Jared & the Mill

Saturday, April 11, at the Riot Room

Arizona’s Jared & the Mill offers an appealing variation on modern country. By approaching the music with the attitude of indie rockers and the melodic flair of a pop band, Jared & the Mill has forged an attractive new sound. With Patrick Quinn and Mark Shipman.

Tickets are $8 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Sixx:A.M.

Tuesday, April 14, at the Midland

The 2014 pact signed by the members of Mötley Crüe pledging that they’d never tour again didn’t extend to their solo projects. Nikki Sixx, the bassist of the lurid group, will perform at the Midland with his mainstream rock band Sixx:A.M. With Apocalyptica and the Vamps.

Tickets are $34 in advance through midlandkc.com.

Kristeen Young

Wednesday, April 15, at the Scene

Primarily known in the Midwest as an opening act for indie-rock icon Morrissey, Kristeen Young is an acerbic art-rock artist. Born in St. Louis, Young has thrilled fans around the world with her theatrical music. With Yes You Are.

Tickets are $10 in advance through thescenerockbar.com.

Charlie Parr

Wednesday, April 15, at the RecordBar

A throwback to the era in which many Americans lacked access to electricity, Charlie Parr creates sepia-toned acoustic blues and folk. After years of working in relative obscurity, the Minnesotan has become a fashionable artist in indie-rock and jam band circles. With Betse & Clarke.

Tickets are $7 in advance through therecordbar.com.

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