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The best music in KC this weekend: Belle & Sebastian, Luke Bryan, Ha Ha Tonka and the Sonics

Luke Bryan performs Friday, June 19, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater.
Luke Bryan performs Friday, June 19, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater. Invision/AP

Belle & Sebastian

Thursday, June 18, at the Uptown Theater

The music of Scottish collective Belle & Sebastian is simultaneously sickly sweet and hopelessly melancholy. The group is slightly less dour on its adventurous new album, “Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.” With Courtney Barnett.

Tickets are $45 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Raquel Rodriguez

Thursday, June 18, at the Scene

Adele released her last album more than four years ago. Raquel Rodriguez is more than capable of filling the enormous void created by the absence of the soulful pop star. The Los Angeles-based artist possesses a terrific voice and a powerhouse band. With Jack Kovacs.

Tickets are $3 in advance through thescenerockbar.com.

Luke Bryan

Friday, June 19, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

A good ol’ boy for the new millennium, Luke Bryan may be country music’s biggest star. He’s a flesh-and-blood hit-making machine. Bryan songs like “Play It Again” and “That’s My Kind of Night” are staples of country radio playlists. With Randy Houser and Dustin Lynch.

Tickets range from $30 to $70 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Ha Ha Tonka

Friday, June 19, at Knuckleheads

Two of Missouri’s most popular roots-rock bands join forces at Knuckleheads on Friday. Springfield’s Ha Ha Tonka performs friendly heartland rock. She’s a Keeper is one of Kansas City’s foremost representatives of the folk-rock revival.

Tickets are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Friday, June 19, at the Riot Room

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin may never again enjoy the critical accolades heaped upon the band 10 years ago, but the indie-rock ensemble from Springfield sounds as playful as ever on the new album “The High Country.” With Future Kings and Missouri Loves Company.

Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.

The Sonics

Saturday, June 20, at Knuckleheads

Fifty years ago a wild-eyed group of young men in Washington state presaged punk rock with noisy songs like “Strychnine.” The core of the band is intact. The rock ’n’ roll survivors are touring in support of their first new album in 48 years. With the Latenight Callers and the Quivers.

Tickets are $25 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

The Smashing Pumpkins

Monday, June 22, at the Midland

Before the band embarks on a summer tour with Marilyn Manson, the Smashing Pumpkins is performing a series of dates billed as “electro-acoustic” shows. Irascible bandleader Billy Corgan is still one of alternative rock’s most unpredictable musicians. With Katie Cole.

Tickets range from $39.50 to $49.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.

Elle King

Monday, June 22, at the Granada

Elle King is the daughter of goofy comedian Rob Schneider, but there’s nothing ridiculous about her music. The indie-pop sensation has quickly garnered a substantial following. Soulful songs like “Ex’s & Oh’s” showcase King’s raspy voice and tough demeanor.

Tickets are $13 in advance through thegranada.com.

Tyler, the Creator

Tuesday, June 23, at the Midland

An irredeemable troublemaker, Tyler, the Creator, is one of the most fascinating characters in popular music. The ringleader of the Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All collective, the man born Tyler Gregory Okonma in 1991 is a gruff-voiced rapper and a full-time miscreant. With Taco.

Tickets are $27.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.

Michael McDonald

Tuesday, June 23, at the Uptown Theater

Michael McDonald possesses one of the most distinctive voices in popular music. Tuesday’s show will include such soulful solo hits as “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)”; old favorites from the Doobie Brothers catalog, including “Takin’ It to the Streets”; and covers of Motown classics.

Tickets range from $45 to $125 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Melissa Etheridge

Wednesday, June 24, at the Uptown Theater

Leavenworth native Melissa Etheridge is touring in support of her 2014 album, “This Is M.E.” The recording is a worthwhile addition to a substantial catalog of mainstream rock songs in the tradition of “Bring Me Some Water,” the 1988 hit that made Etheridge a star.

Tickets range from $35 to $125 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star

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