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KC concerts Feb. 8-14: Alan Jackson, Jagged Edge, Stokley, Poppy

Alan Jackson will perform Thursday, Feb. 8, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Alan Jackson will perform Thursday, Feb. 8, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. Invision/AP

Alan Jackson

Thursday, Feb. 8, at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena

A slow and steady approach still occasionally manages to win the race in a music industry consumed with flash, gimmicks and trends. Alan Jackson, the laconic country artist who dominated the 1990s with chart-topping hits including “Gone Country” and “Chattahoochee,” is still revered by country purists. Even though his outstanding recent single “The Older I Get” was snubbed by radio programmers, the uncompromising veteran’s Honky Tonk Highway concert on Thursday is almost sold out. With Runaway June.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. Silverstein Eye Centers Arena. 816-442-6100. Tickets are $40-$130 through silversteineyecentersarena.com.

Pedro the Lion

Friday, Feb. 9, at RecordBar

David Bazan, one of indie-rock’s most notable sad sacks, sounds positively cheerful in a recent letter to fans. He explains that his decision to reactivate his band Pedro the Lion following a hiatus of more than 10 years has “re-connected me to parts of myself and my history (both sonic and personal) that I had lost touch with.” Since the release of Pedro the Lion’s debut album 20 years ago, Bazan’s glum ruminations about secular and sacred love have riveted reflective listeners. With Marie/Lepanto.

9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $20 through therecordbar.com.

Stokley

Saturday, Feb. 10, at VooDoo

Stokley Williams is an exceptionally versatile R&B artist. As a member of Mint Condition, Williams provided passionate lead vocals on “Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)” and “If You Love Me” and served as the drummer on the evergreen 1990s hits. Yet Mint Condition was often overshadowed by Prince, an advocate of the band and a fellow Minnesotan. In addition to touring with Prince’s old group the Revolution last year, Williams released a strong solo debut album. With Le Velle.

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. VooDoo. 816-472-7777. Tickets are $27.50-$37.50 through voodookc.com.

Jagged Edge

Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Uptown Theater

The opening 30 seconds of the hit “Where the Party At” are among the most jubilant musical moments of the new millennium. A rendition of Jagged Edge’s 2001 hit will almost certainly be a highlight of the Lovers and Friends 3: A Night of Love and Laughter concert. Even so, most of the audience will be on hand to bask in romantic Jagged Edge ballads like “Walked Outta Heaven” that will set the tone for Valentine’s Day. With Michael Blackson, Keke Wyatt and Tammy Rivera.

8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $55-$85 through uptowntheater.com.

Poppy

Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Granada

Sunday’s concert at the Granada may finally provide locally based appraisers of an internet sensation with the answer to a puzzling question: who or what is Poppy? The baffling android-like personality has intrigued viewers of a series of bizarre videos that began appearing four years ago. Poppy’s affectless intonation of phrases like “everything’s perfect” is extremely creepy. She — or it — is performing curious synth-pop ditties like “Software Upgrade” and “Let’s Make a Video” on the Poppy.Computer Tour.

8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. The Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $18 through thegranada.com.

Lola Pistola

Monday, Feb. 12, at the Riot Room

The prestigious roster of Burger Records is dominated by painfully fashionable artists. Lola Pistola may be the garage-rock specialty label’s most stylish artist. Born Arvelisse Ruby in Puerto Rico, Lola Pistola captures the gritty sound of her base in New York on her bracing 2017 cassette release “Curfew.” She evokes the extreme indie-rock dynamics of Liz Phair on “Doomed,” frantic urban commotion on “Carroll St.” and vintage grunge on “Dormir.” With Liz Cooper & the Stampede.

7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $10 through theriotroom.com.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Truman

Steadfast guardians of the garage-rock tradition, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club has been dedicated to sustaining the sound since its formation 20 years ago. “Whatever Happened to My Rock N Roll (Punk Song),” a bristling statement of purpose on the San Francisco band’s 2001 debut album, is an appalled rebuke of the decline in the popularity of the style associated with the Velvet Underground. The band’s new album, “Wrong Creatures,” indicates that Black Rebel Motorcycle Club still takes its mission seriously. With Night Beats.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $25 through thetrumankc.com.

Lil Xan

Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Granada

The chorus of Lil Xan’s latest single reflects the hazards faced by one of the leaders of the current wave of pill-popping hip-hop artists. The Californian raps that “I wake up, I throw up, I feel like I’m dead” on “Wake Up.” Although his 2017 breakout hit “Betrayed” is a veritable tribute to Xanax abuse, the 21-year-old born Diego Leonas has since suggested that he has weaned himself off the anti-anxiety medication. “Total Xanarchy,” his major label debut album, will be released in March. With Steven Cannon.

8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13. The Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $20 through thegranada.com.

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