Thursday, March 1, at the Granada
Nerdcore rap has come a long way. Ever since Beck mumbled his way through the 1993 fluke hit “Loser,” social misfits have recast hip-hop as a medium for jokes about computers and the challenge of securing dates. Why? is different. While the members of the California group occasionally sound like the spawn of geeky rock band They Might Be Giants, Why? combines complex music with intriguing lyrics to create a superior form of alternative hip-hop. With Florist and Dropjaw.
9 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $16 through thegranada.com.
Friday, March 2, at the Uptown Theater
Steve Winwood’s life is inextricably intertwined with the rock ’n’ roll era. Winwood sang lead vocals on Spencer Davis Group hits including the timeless 1966 smash “Gimme Some Lovin’” as a teenager. He wrote the Blind Faith hit “Can’t Find My Way Home,” blended rock, folk and jazz with Traffic and enjoyed a string of effervescent pop hits like “Roll With It” as a solo artist in the 1980s. The peripatetic musician will survey his remarkable career on Friday. With Lilly Winwood.
8 p.m. Friday, March 2. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. The face value of tickets to the sold-out concert is $59-$145. Details are available at uptowntheater.com.
Friday, March 2, at Knuckleheads
Tanya Tucker was the Britney Spears of the 1970s. Much like the pop star, Tucker was initially marketed as a flirtatious teen. Her suggestive 1973 hit “Would You Lay With Me (In a Field of Stone)” was the “… Baby One More Time” of Tucker’s era. Even though much of Tucker’s adult life has been more closely associated with celebrity tabloids than with music, she’s still adored by country fans. Tickets to Friday’s concert are scarce. With Alex Williams.
8:30 p.m. Friday, March 2. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $45-$58.50 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Saturday, March 3, at Sprint Center
The skeptics who wrote Lorde off as a one-hit wonder when her breakout single “Royals” became an international smash in 2013 were terribly wrong. Songs like “Green Light” and “Liability” on Lorde’s second album, “Melodrama,” are even better than the selections on the New Zealand native’s stunning debut release, “Pure Heroine.” An extraordinarily promising career lies ahead for the audacious 21-year-old pop star born Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor. With Run the Jewels and Tove Styrke.
7 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $37.50-$97.50 through sprintcenter.com.
Saturday, March 3, at the Riot Room
The ascent of Americana troubadours Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton has rightfully been celebrated by advocates of American roots music. The recently minted stars represent the surface of an extraordinarily deep pool of like-minded talent. Cory Branan has been honing his rough-and-tumble barroom rock for more than 15 years. “Adios,” the Memphis native’s latest album for Bloodshot Records, reveals the truths the self-professed “no-hit wonder” has learned the hard way. With Two Cow Garage and Dead Ven.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $15 through theriotroom.com.
Sunday, March 4, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
“Sail,” the industrial rock anthem that secured Awolnation’s reputation in 2011, sounds as if it were created by an army of furious robots. Yet Awolnation’s new album, “Here Come the Runts,” is an unmistakably human effort. The cover art — an image of the Los Angeles band’s Aaron Bruno conversing with a gray-bearded man in a cowboy hat — reflects the flesh-and-blood contents. The wildly eclectic album playfully references rap, disco, new wave and country. With Nothing But Thieves and Irontom.
8 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. Tickets are $31.25 through midlandkc.com.
Monday, March 5, at RecordBar
Dorothy annuls the title of its 2016 debut album, “Rockisdead,” every time it hits a stage. While Dorothy works in a format that’s mired in a deep artistic and commercial slump, the music performed by the Los Angeles rock band is very much alive. Front person Dorothy Martin and her bandmates rock with uncommonly wild abandon. Renditions of new compositions like “Flawless” promise to induce a rare form of cathartic release that was once regularly bestowed by bands like the Aerosmith.
8 p.m. Monday, March 5. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $17.50 through therecordbar.com.
Tuesday, March 6, at RecordBar
Bully is bringing the late 1980s back. The Nashville group rages as if it’s the most exciting college rock band of the Reagan era. Alicia Bognanno’s urgent howl seems capable of collapsing the Berlin Wall, while she and her fellow guitarist Clayton Parker play as if they’re competing with Sonic Youth for a spot in the rotation of MTV’s indie-rock showcase “120 Minutes.” Even so, Bully’s ferocity will obliterate any possibility of wistful nostalgia during Tuesday’s show. With Melkbelly.
9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $15 through therecordbar.com.