Thursday, March 29, at the Madrid Theatre
The turnabout in the public perception of yacht rock is one of the most curious phenomenons in pop culture. Once derided as expendable schmaltz, the form is now embraced by generations of fans who unironically enjoy the soft rock hits of the 1970s and 1980s. Christopher Cross’ gentle coo and slick arrangements make him an elite purveyor of the form. Boosted by the massive hits “Sailing” and “Ride Like the Wind,” Cross won five Grammy Awards, including best new artist in 1981.
8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Madrid Theatre. 816-753-8880. Tickets are $39.50-$59 through madridtheatre.com.
Thursday, March 29, at RecordBar
Chrome may have been louder for longer than any band in rock history. Founded in 1975 by Damon Edge and currently led by Helios Creed, a 64-year-old iconoclast who joined the band in 1977, Chrome creates astoundingly caustic and obnoxiously abrasive noise that has paralleled but has never quite conformed to the maxims of punk and industrial rock. Chrome is touring in support of the typically enigmatic 2017 album “Techromancy.” With Octoclod and Dime Sack.
8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $13 through therecordbar.com.
Thursday, March 29, at the Ship
Much as Chicago was documented by Steve Goodman and Iowa is chronicled by Greg Brown, Kansas City is proudly represented by an archetypal folk artist. Working as Howard Iceberg, singer/songwriter Howard Eisberg has amused and consoled his admirers in Kansas City for decades. He’ll mark the release of “Netherlands,” his latest collection of pithy songs, at Thursday’s free show. Proceeds from the sales of “Netherlands” will be donated to local charity Care Beyond the Boulevard, which provides medicine to those living on the streets.
7 p.m. Thursday, March 29. The Ship. 816-471-7447. Free. Details are available at theshipkc.com.
Thursday, March 29, at the Granada
An unusual name hasn’t prevented Koe Wetzel from quickly becoming one of Texas’ most popular country artists. His rambunctious songs address the lifestyles of his hard-partying fans. He woozily asks “who is sober enough to take me to Taco Bell” on “February 28, 2016” and splits the difference between the blues-rock of ZZ Top and the sardonic country of Robert Earl Keen on “Fuss & Fight.” Wetzel will spread the ornery gospel of the Lone Star State in Lawrence on Thursday.
8 p.m. Thursday, March 29. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $11 through thegranada.com.
Friday, March 30, at the Lied Center
Hip-hop is ideally suited to convey the concerns of Native Americans. Frank Waln, a Sicangu Lakota raised on South Dakota’s Rosebud Reservation, uses the medium to excoriate the historical treatment of his people. Originally inspired to rap by Eminem, Waln addresses poverty-induced substance abuse on “Basements,” the debate about the Keystone Pipeline on “Oil 4 Blood” and institutional racism on “AbOriginal.” Waln’s raps will be accompanied by the interpretive dancing of Lumhe Micco Sampson on Friday.
7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30. Lied Center. 785-864-2787. Tickets are $25 through lied.ku.edu.
Wednesday, April 4, at RecordBar
Billie Eilish is the embodiment of the de facto sound of the moment. As a member of a generation that doesn’t recognize genre limitations, the 18-year-old Californian seamlessly blends hip-hop rhythms, sugary pop, arty R&B and elements of electronic dance music. She’s also funny. Eilish interrupts “My Boy,” a sinuous song about an “ugly crier” from her 2017 debut EP, with a mean-spirited plea to “go trip over a knife.” With more than 200 million streams on Spotify, Eilish no longer qualifies for next-big-thing status. She’s already a star. With Reo Cragun.
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Face value of tickets to the sold-out show were $18 through therecordbar.com.
Wednesday, April 4, at VooDoo
The threat of a looming storm limited George Clinton’s appearance at the Boulevardia festival to 45 minutes last year. Funk fans still smarting from the abbreviated show, which included an appropriately outlandish rendition of the groundbreaking song “Cosmic Slop,” can revel in a full outing by the legend at an indoor venue Wednesday. By advancing the innovations of James Brown, Clinton, 76, established the funk sound that still provides the foundation for many of today’s biggest hits.
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. VooDoo. 816-472-7777. Tickets are $38-$78 through voodookc.com.
Wednesday, April 4, at the Truman
Dan Auerbach is an earnest student of the history of American popular music. His group the Black Keys recast Southern blues and soul for young rock audiences. His current Easy Eye Sound Revue Tour is a facsimile of the old-school barnstorming shows that presented a series of acts that shared a single backing band. Ace musicians who once worked with the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash will support Auerbach, Shannon and the Clams, Shannon Shaw and Robert Finley on Wednesday.
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $35 through thetrumankc.com.