Thursday, May 10, at the Sprint Center
Jason Aldean and his band were playing his 2012 hit “When She Says Baby” when a sniper began shooting country music fans at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas eight months ago. After respectfully acknowledging the victims of the shocking attack, Aldean resumed making immensely popular party music that often displays his penchant for rapping over rugged Southern rock guitar riffs. “Rearview Town,” his eighth ebullient album, topped the Billboard album chart last month. With Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Sprint Center. 816-949-7100. Tickets are $35.50-$75 through sprintcenter.com.
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Thursday, May 10, at the Truman
Bishop Briggs’ hits are the indie-pop equivalents of blockbuster superhero films. While they’re meticulously constructed for mass appeal, most of her songs possess cutting-edge effects intended to leave awestruck audiences breathless. The London native born Sarah Grace McLaughlin sounds as if she’s giving voice to the struggles of fictional protagonists like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage on large-scale hits including “River,” “The Way I Do” and “Never Tear Us Apart.” McLaughlin’s stage presence is similarly monumental. With Matt Maeson.
8 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $23 through thetrumankc.com.
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Thursday, May 10, at Knuckleheads
Sarah Shook can’t always be bothered to hit the right notes. Her thick drawl often wavers in and out of the melodies of her ornery honky-tonk songs. Unlike contrived peers who attempt to cultivate rebellious images, Shook is a natural country scofflaw. The Tar Heel’s indifference to niceties on memorable songs like the heartbroken “Dwight Yoakam” and the woozy “The Bottle Never Lets Me Down” make her the new heroine of alternative country. With Robbie Fulks.
7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. Tickets are $12 through knuckleheadskc.com.
Friday, May 11, at Starlight Theatre
Modest Mouse wasn’t a likely candidate to become a canonical indie-rock band when it formed in Washington more than 25 years ago. The unmusical yelp and irregular lyrics of bandleader Isaac Brock are exceptionally odd. Yet Modest Mouse is in the company of bands like R.E.M., the Flaming Lips and Dinosaur Jr. as a group of misfits who managed to achieve long and prominent careers. Bemused anthems of disaffection including “Missed the Boat” speak for the aspirations of an alienated generation. With Mass Gothic.
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. Tickets are $35-$69 through kcstarlight.com.
Friday, May 11, at the Truman
The four members of the Breeders have spoken with unusual candor about overcoming substance abuse and making peace with their truculent band mates in a media blitz to promote their new album and tour. The reunion of sisters Kelley and Kim Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson — the lineup responsible for the classic 1993 hit “Cannonball” — has rekindled a creative spark. The ferocious new album “All Nerve” sounds like the work of intrepid young punks. With the Funs.
8 p.m. Friday, May 11. Truman. 816-205-8560. Tickets are $25 through thetrumankc.com.
Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul
Saturday, May 12, at the Uptown Theater
Even though Steven Van Zandt is one of rock ’n’ roll’s most fervent ambassadors, many television enthusiasts know him only for his portrayal of Silvio Dante on “The Sopranos.” The renaissance man is also Bruce Springsteen’s charismatic sidekick in the E Street Band and the host the radio program “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.” Van Zandt was a prominent social activist earlier in his career, but he has pledged that his current show is “two hours of escape from … politics.”
8 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. Tickets are $35-$75 through uptowntheater.com.
Saturday, May 12, at the Granada
Saba suggested that “I got angels all around me” on Chance the Rapper’s jubilant 2015 song “Angels.” The Chicago rapper’s career seems to be blessed with good fortune. Yet Tahj Malik Chandler, the man who performs as Saba, has experienced more than his fair share of challenges. On “Care for Me,” one of the most acclaimed albums of 2018, Chandler agonizes over the brutal murder of his cousin. With Joseph Chilliams and Jean Deaux Music.
8 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Granada. 785-842-1390. Tickets are $16 through thegranada.com.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Wednesday, May 16, at RecordBar
Someone who has never heard the swirling psychedelic rock of the Brian Jonestown Massacre could get a good sense of the legendary band’s aesthetic by considering the titles of a few of its albums. “Methodrone,” “Strung Out in Heaven” and “Bravery, Repetition and Noise” are accurate summations of the deranged attack of the group led by Anton Newcombe since 1990. The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s rare area appearance is certain to be the highlight of the year for members of the band’s small but rabid cult. With Orca Welles.
8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. RecordBar. 816-753-5207. Tickets are $22 through therecordbar.com.