Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Experimental music aficionados with strong stomachs and big ears will revel in Thursday’s multimedia concert at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Steven Ellison, the Californian who creates cosmopolitan hip-hop and innovative electronica as Flying Lotus, is also an infamously depraved filmmaker. A critic for Variety described his new flick, “Kuso,” as a “scatalogical fantasia” that’s “almost entirely concerned with bodily functions and bodily fluid.” The distasteful images are likely to pop up in Ellison’s 3-D presentation. With Seven Davis Jr. and Pbdy.
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $29.50 through midlandkc.com.
Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Granada
The Australian men in Cut Copy may not look the part, but they’re among the foremost purveyors of cutting-edge dance music. Since the release of its debut EP, “I Thought of Numbers,” in 2001, Cut Copy has provided a propulsive soundtrack that has been embraced by computer coders and dance floor denizens alike. The band creates thoughtful sounds without seeming overly cerebral, an approach that’s further refined on the delightful new album, “Haiku From Zero.”
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $22 through thegranada.com.
Jessica Lea Mayfield
Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Riot Room
Jessica Lea Mayfield insists that “I deserve to occupy this space without feeling like I don’t belong” on “Sorry Is Gone,” the title track of her riveting new album. The sentiment was partly inspired by horrific events. In July, Mayfield wrote on Instagram that she’d undergone “surgery for a broken shoulder related to a domestic violence incident.” “Sorry Is Gone” is riddled with lines that allude to that trauma. On “Maybe Whatever,” she sighs that “the human body’s an amazing thing/bruises heal and your mind can change.” With Blank Range.
8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $12 through theriotroom.com.
Truck Stop Love
Friday, Nov. 17, at RecordBar
Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Bottleneck
“Savage Young Dü,” the first compilation of seminal Minnesota punk band Hüsker Dü in 24 years, was released earlier this month to great acclaim. Truck Stop Love, a band from Manhattan, Kan., inspired by Hüsker Dü, is receiving similar documentation. The group is reuniting to commemorate the release of the vinyl and digital collection “Can’t Hear It: 1991-1994” at shows on Friday and Saturday. With the Pedaljets, Red Kate and Chris Tolle on Friday. With Red Kate, Headlight Rivals and Hannah Norris on Saturday.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $10 through therecordbar.com.
9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. The cover charge is $8. Details are available at thebottlenecklive.com.
Friday, Nov. 17, at Liberty Hall
Although her penchant for live instrumentation and uplifting lyrics on songs like “Casket Pretty” bear a passing resemblance to her fellow Chicago-based star Chance the Rapper, the lyrical artist born Fatimah Warner operates in her own lane while using the moniker Noname. When it named her release “Telfone” one of the best albums of 2016, NPR Music asserted that Warner “provides a seldom-heard feminine perspective on the black human experience, wielding the lens of rap as her tool of enlightenment.” With Arima Ederra.
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. Liberty Hall. 785-749-1972. Tickets are $20-$25 through libertyhall.net.
Saturday, Nov. 18, at RecordBar
After opening her new live album with “Drinkin’ Smokin’ Cheatin’,” Brandy Clark pledges that “we’ll hit all of the favorite sins” during the concert. Clark, one of Nashville’s most successful songwriters, specializes in composing the types of salty country songs that have fallen out of favor in recent years. She’s a co-writer of colorful hits including Toby Keith’s “Drunk Americans,” Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” and the Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two.” With Szlachetka.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $20 through therecordbar.com.
Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Granada
Like a popular Mexican buffet that offers north-of-the-border staples like hot dogs as well as authentic offerings such as menudo, Molotov has something for everyone. Almost all of its fare is remarkably good. Without stylistic constraints, the storied band from Mexico City switches between Spanish and English as it plays lusty nü-metal, lively rancheras and bouncy pop-punk. Liberally spiced with a sense of humor, Molotov’s songs offer earthy commentary on contentious subjects including immigration and political corruption. With Simpson Ahuevo.
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $40 through thegranada.com.
Sunday, Nov. 19, at the Uptown Theater
If critical plaudits were directly correlated with popularity, St. Vincent would headline stadiums rather than concert halls. Few artists are more respected by music journalists and tastemakers than Annie Clark, the woman who operates under the banner of St. Vincent. “Masseduction,” her latest release, is likely to place prominently on many year-end album lists. A witty songwriter, compelling vocalist and outstanding guitarist, Clark merits the acclaim even if she’s a bit too unconventional for mainstream audiences.
8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $39 through uptowntheater.com.