Brewer & Shipley
Friday, March 9, at the Uptown Theater
Before they became celebrated folk-rock hitmakers, Mike Brewer and Tom Shipley honed their craft in Kansas City nightclubs and coffeehouses. That’s why midtown’s Uptown Theater is the ideal site for Brewer & Shipley’s 50th anniversary celebration. The duo is remembered for its good-natured 1970 lament “One Toke Over the Line,” but the men have maintained their abiding partnership long after their commercial heyday. With Bob Walkenhorst and Jeff Porter, and Nace Brothers.
8 p.m. Friday, March 9. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $29.50-$39.50 through uptowntheater.com.
Saturday, March 10, at RecordBar
Thirty years after Chris Isaak began refashioning the sound of Roy Orbison’s lonesome rock operettas in the 1980s, Marlon Williams is continuing the melodramatic tradition. The New Zealand native resembles the late icon’s eccentric grandson with vivid compositions that act as unlikely updates of Orbison’s “In Dreams.” Williams applies his lustrous voice to the revenge fantasy “Party Boy” and explores his obsession with scary monsters on “Vampire Again.” With Tiny Ruins.
9 p.m. Saturday, March 10. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $15 through therecordbar.com.
Monday, March 12, at the Granada
Being the little brother of one of the most successful artists in popular music can’t be easy. Taylor Bennett will probably never escape the shadow of his sibling Chance the Rapper, one of the most innovative musicians of the millennium. Yet Taylor Bennett, 22, doesn’t seem to harbor an inferiority complex. Songs like “Favorite Colors” may not possess the startling creativity associated with his brother, but they’re filled with good humor and gratifying positivity. With Kami and Melo Makes Music.
8 p.m. Monday, March 12. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $16 through thegranada.com.
Tuesday, March 13, at the Uptown Theater
While K.D. Lang has explored a multitude of styles in her storied career, her 1992 album “Ingénue” remains her most treasured release. The languid recording places Lang’s enormous voice in a plush setting that acts as an elegant update of Frank Sinatra’s classic song cycles. Dreamy tracks like “The Mind of Love” and the hit “Constant Craving” are painfully beautiful. Ordinarily a commendably restless artistic spirit, the Canadian is revisiting the classic work in its entirety on her current tour. With Grigoryan Brothers.
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $45-$65 through uptowntheater.com.
They Might Be Giants
Tuesday, March 13, at the Truman
John Flansburgh and John Linnell, the men who have crafted catchy, geek-friendly rock for 35 years as They Might Be Giants, could easily coast without losing any momentum. The duo from New York has earned the undying loyalty of committed fans. Even so, songs like “Let’s Get This Over With” and “Last Wave” on “I Like Fun,” the duo’s 20th studio album, are every bit as engaging as early hits such as “Don’t Let’s Start” and “Ana Ng.”
8 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $22 through thetrumankc.com.
Wednesday, March 14, at Sprint Center
Gloria Trevi is known north of the border as the Mexican Madonna, but the moniker scarcely begins to capture the star’s eclectic music and chaotic life. Hits on her 1989 debut album like “Mañana” evoked the sound of the singer of “Material Girl,” but Trevi became a convincing rock-and-roller in the vein of Pat Benatar. Trevi’s wild mane of hair and lurid onstage antics were later overshadowed by sordid sex-related charges that led to a stint in prison. With Alejandra Guzmán.
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $37-$167 through sprintcenter.com.
Wednesday, March 14, at the Bottleneck
Declan McKenna is the Ed Sheeran of indie-rock. Both British artists specialize in composing heartfelt songs with immediately memorable melodies. The primary difference between McKenna, 19, and Sheeran, 27, is their preferred sonic palettes. While Sheeran creates folk-inflected pop, McKenna’s sound is akin to the work of rock groups like the Strokes and the Arctic Monkeys. It’s just a matter of time until Sheeran’s fans discover enormously enticing McKenna songs like “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home.” With Chappell Roan.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14. Bottleneck. 785-749-3434. Tickets are $15 through thebottlenecklive.com.