JL and Stevie Stone
Friday, April 20, at the Riot Room
Strange Music has a storied history of curating fruitful collaborations. The Lee’s Summit-based record label has issued a series of albums billed as “Collabos” that feature star rapper Tech N9ne working with a variety of artists. It’s only natural that Strange Music would pair gruff-voiced veteran Stevie Stone with up-and-coming rapper JL. The Kansas City men will demonstrate their street-oriented chemistry at the release party for their new “Kontra-Band” album on Friday.
8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. Tickets are $12 through theriotroom.com.
Friday, April 20, at the Granada
Hip-hop innovators don’t always receive proper credit from fans of a form that changes at a dizzying pace. Although he’s just 23, Florida rapper Denzel Curry was one of the first artists to traffic in the hyper-aggressive, low-fidelity sound that has since become the music’s commercial and creative vanguard. Curry’s early work is echoed by the breakout hits of manic rappers including XXXTentacion and 6ix9ine. Curry’s latest material affirms that he possesses the flexibility to survive and prosper as hip-hop continues to evolve.
8 p.m. Friday, April 20. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $15 through thegranada.com.
Saturday, April 21, at Rino
Layne, a Los Angeles group consisting of vocalist Layne Putnam and producer Alexander Rosca, makes indie-pop for the cellphone generation. Sounding like a sedated version of Lorde, Putnam slams people who are “living life on Instagram” on the duo’s dreamy breakout song “The Fog.” She wonders “if I kill myself would I die too young?” over a gentle dance beat on “!!! OMG !!!” The ditties function equally well as sly examinations of the post-millennial sensibility and as chill background music. With Selfish Things.
8 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Rino. 816-800-4699. The cover charge is $10. Details are available at therinokc.com.
Saturday, April 21, at Kanza Hall
Many viewers of the TV’s “The Bachelor” and its spinoffs consider Luke Pell to be a cad. The drama surrounding his participation in the competition hasn’t spilled over into Pell’s nascent career as a country artist. The handsome, Nashville-based military veteran assumes the role of a lighthearted lover on his new single, “Ball Caps & Blue Jeans.” Pell intends to make his television histrionics an afterthought on the Hometowns & Highways Tour. With Logan Mize.
7 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Kanza Hall. 913-451-0444. Tickets are $15 through oneblocksouthkc.com.
Tuesday, April 24, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheater
Jack White, 42, is one of the last rock stars. His massive hits with the White Stripes including “Seven Nation Army” came just before the loud, guitar-based attack ceded to hip-hop and dance music as the dominant sound of popular music. White is also a rock ’n’ roll eccentric in the tradition of Chuck Berry, David Bowie and Prince. Audiences attending White’s tour in support of his loopy new solo album “Boarding House Reach,” consequently, should brace for surprises. With Mattiel.
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. Tickets are $59.50-$75 through providenceamp.com.
Wednesday, April 25, at Providence Medical Center Amphitheatre
Electronic dance music is often derided as an antiseptic genre for listeners who don’t value live instrumentation. Yet there’s little that’s sterile about Odesza. The Seattle duo has become one of the world’s most popular electronic acts by infusing its beat-based style with reassuring humanity and a pop sensibility. In fact, Odesza smashes like “A Moment Apart” resemble stylish updates of the gentle output of New Age icons like Yanni and Vangelis. With San Holo and Pluko.
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. Tickets are $39.50 through providenceamp.com.
Wednesday, April 25, at Knuckleheads
The Accidentals return to Kansas City two months after impressing music industry insiders at the Folk Alliance International Conference at the Westin Crown Center. The Michigan trio of Savannah Buist, Michael Dause and Katie Larson deserve to find an audience beyond the often insular folk scene. The Accidentals’ pop-oriented acoustic compositions like the engaging “Memorial Day” echo the classic songs of the Beatles and the more recent output of bluegrass crossover band Nickel Creek.
7 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $10 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Wednesday, April 25, at the Encore Room
Much like the transgressive members of Brockhampton and the Odd Future collective, the three young men in Injury Reserve are insolent rule-breakers. In their signature song with a title that doubles as an obscene exclamation, the group’s Ritchie With a T explains that “this ain’t jazz-rap, this that spaz-rap, this that raised-by-the-internet ain’t-had-no-dad-rap.” Parker Corey, the producer for the Arizona trio, will provide noisy, soul-oriented beats as Ritchie With a T and Steppa J Groggs shout provocative exhortations on Wednesday. With jpegmafia.
8 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Encore Room. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $13 through uptowntheater.com.