Lee Ann Womack
Thursday, Jan. 18, at Knuckleheads
Lee Ann Womack is making a mockery of the country music establishment’s standard operating procedure. Female vocalists have long been treated as disposable commodities with rigid sell-by dates. Even after earning big hits including the 2000 smash “I Hope You Dance,” Womack was callously shunned by radio programmers and major record label executives soon after she turned 40. Womack exposed their misguided cynicism with her independent release “The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone,” one of the most powerful albums of 2017. With Kelsey Waldon.
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Knuckleheads. 816-483-6407. Tickets are $35 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Thursday, Jan. 18, at Riot Room
More than a decade before memes became a formalized concept, Paul Wall startled the rap world with a barrage of pithy lyrics and hilarious antics. Proclaiming that “I’m the people’s champ,” the Houston rapper asserted that “I got the internet going nuts” on Mike Jones’ 2004 hit “Still Tippin’.” Wall’s sideline as a dealer of the flashy dental fashion accessories known as grills once threatened to overshadow his music. Wall documented the craze on “Grillz,” his 2005 collaboration with Nelly.
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $25 through theriotroom.com.
Friday, Jan. 19, at the Truman
The angular 2007 hit “Let’s Dance to Joy Division” indicates that the members of the Wombats are well aware of their place in the Britpop continuum. Simultaneously ironic and affectionate, the frantic song secured the trio a permanent place in the pantheon of Beatles-influenced bands that includes like-minded groups Oasis and Arctic Monkeys. With lyrical zingers like “I want to get college girl drunk tonight,” the Wombats’ delirious new single, “Turn,” reveals that the band is improving as it ages. With Nation of Language and Courtship.
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $22 through thetrumankc.com.
Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Uptown Theater
The Southern rapper formerly known as Lil Boosie insists that he’s the heir to 2Pac on his new album “BooPac.” The man born Torrence Hatch in 1982 claims that “I might not be him where you from, but in Dallas, Texas, I’m cold.” Hatch has overcome cancer and an extended stint in prison to achieve legendary status. His stagecraft is less reliable than his distinctive flow. Hatch was onstage for only 34 minutes in a headlining appearance at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland in 2015.
8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $57-$75 through uptowntheater.com.
Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Sprint Center
Celebration at the Station, the Kansas City Symphony’s free annual patriotic-themed concert on Memorial Day weekend, is the region’s best attended classical event. 2Cellos’ appearance at the Sprint Center will almost certainly be the second largest classical concert in Kansas City in 2018. While Stjepan Hauser and Luka Sulic are gifted interpreters of conventional classical fare, the European duo’s arrangements of pop hits like “Despacito” and familiar melodies including the theme of “Game of Thrones” allows 2Cellos to pack arenas.
7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $31.50-$69.50 through sprintcenter.com.
Sunday, Jan. 21, at RecordBar
Motherfolk, a charming ensemble from Cincinnati, makes mortality seem enticing on its breakout song, “Salt Lake City.” The riveting harmonies of Nathan Dickerson and Bobby Paver manage to imbue ghastly lyrics like “I hope your organs fail you before I do” with uplifting romanticism. Motherfolk’s rousing stomp-and-shout style is worthy of admiration from fans of folk-rock groups like Fleet Foxes as well as from people who flock to the acoustic shows of Dave Matthews. With Westerners and Toughies.
7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $10 through therecordbar.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Knuckleheads
Willie Nelson, Margo Price’s most famous supporter, sings a duet with the talented country rebel on her impressive 2017 album, “All American Made.” Price may be the most notable young artist committed to extending Nelson’s outlaw legacy. The tenacious songs about economic instability, substance abuse and gender inequality on Price’s two critically acclaimed albums are in the defiant tradition of Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard. Price will attempt to cement her status as country’s most important new voice on the Nowhere Fast Tour.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. Knuckleheads. 816-483-6407. Tickets are $18 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the Riot Room
The most essential component of Red Fang’s success isn’t the ardent howls of the quartet’s vocalists or the lacerating riffs of its two guitarists. Instead, it’s the endearing sense of humor displayed by the Portland-based band in music videos that have made Red Fang one of the most relatable bands in hard rock. The hilarious rock spoofs in the tradition of “This Is Spinal Tap” depict the band pounding beers and battling claustrophobia in a tour van. With Hyborian and Demons.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $17 through theriotroom.com.