Run the Jewels
Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Midland theater
Angry, funny and altogether thrilling, Run the Jewels is one of the most exciting acts in hip-hop. The duo of Killer Mike and El-P combines anguished cries for social justice with lascivious boasts about carnal desires. With Boots, Bishop Nehru and Cuz Lightyear.
Tickets are $25 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Davina and the Vagabonds
Thursday, Oct. 22, at Knuckleheads
Davina and the Vagabonds is based in Minneapolis, but the soulful output of the ensemble recalls the jump blues of Kansas City legends like Big Joe Turner and Julia Lee. The sassiness of Davina Sowers’ vocals is capable of convincing even determined modernists to embrace her band’s retro sounds.
Tickets are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
The Foreign Resort
Thursday, Oct. 22, at the RecordBar
A bracing headlining show by Joy Division bassist Peter Hook at Ink magazine’s Middle of the Map Fest in April demonstrated that nostalgia for the seminal group is entirely merited. Denmark’s the Foreign Resort is one of many bands inspired by the grim template created by Joy Division. With Redder Moon and Bipolar Magnets.
Tickets are $8 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Friday, Oct. 23, at the Uptown Theater
The electronic music of Chvrches was initially embraced by the indie-rock community, but the Scottish trio has evolved into purveyors of mainstream pop. Chipper new material like “Clearest Blue” merges the jubilant dance hits of ABBA with Taylor Swift’s accessible singalongs. With Mansionair.
Tickets are $26 in advance through uptowntheater.com.
Friday, Oct. 23, at the Sprint Center
Stevie Wonder is just 65, but the profound impact of the musical contributions he made in the 20th century can make it seem as if he’s older than Methuselah. Although a set list consisting of nothing but his game-changing hits would last for hours, that’s not what ticket-holders to Wonder’s concert will experience on Friday. Instead, Wonder is performing the entirety of his “Songs in the Key of Life” album on his current tour. The 1976 release is sprinkled with familiar hits including “Sir Duke” and “Isn’t She Lovely,” but it’s also heavy on more challenging material like “Have a Talk With God” and “All Day Sucker.” Fans eager to hear hits like “Superstition” will have to wait for the encore.
8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $37.50-$147.50
Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Tank Room
The October installment of the Mumford & Sons-affiliated Communion Night series features Kansas City rock band Hembree, locally based singer/songwriter Jonathan Theobald, Australian electro-pop bands Safia and Tora, and New York indie rock collective Tribe Society.
Tickets are $13 in advance through ticketfly.com/purchase/event/958225.
Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Midland theater
The members of MisterWives are getting an extensive look at the Kansas City metropolis in 2015. The New York indie-pop band performed at the Record Bar in Westport in March. The band glimpsed the Kansas side when it appeared at Sporting Park in July. MisterWives headlines a premier downtown venue on Sunday. With Waters and Cruisr.
Tickets are $23 in advance through midlandkc.com.
Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Granada
Black metal isn’t supposed to beautiful. Several portions of acclaimed San Francisco band Deafheaven’s latest album, “New Bermuda,” that don’t feature devilish howling are rapturously gorgeous. Metal diehards will be joined by curious fans of pretty indie-rock at Sunday’s concert. With Tribulation.
Tickets are $16 in advance through thegranada.com.
Monday, Oct. 26, at Knuckleheads
Many revivalists of 1950s rock ’n’ roll sound as if they’re clowning on the music. There’s nothing disrespectful about the music of J.D. McPherson. The son of Oklahoma cattle ranchers, McPherson exudes authenticity. After he was fired from his job as a middle school teacher in Tulsa, McPherson focused on imbuing the music of Little Richard, Eddie Cochran and Carl Perkins with fresh energy. He succeeded. The new album “Let the Good Times Roll” is even more powerful than McPherson’s stunning 2012 debut album, “Signs and Signifiers.” Far from wistful exercises in nostalgia, McPherson’s performances are celebrations of the ongoing vitality of rock ’n’ roll. John Moreland, one of the most riveting singer/songwriters to emerge in recent years, opens Monday’s show.
Tickets are $20 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Riot Room
An unmistakable intelligence informs Allison Weiss’ otherwise typical indie-rock and commonplace synth-pop. The inspiring lyrics and challenging themes explored by the savvy singer/songwriter from Los Angeles transcend routine formulas. With Mal Blum, Winter and Kid in the Attic.
Tickets are $12 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Tuesday, Oct. 27, at the Madrid Theatre
The choruses of many Smallpools songs resemble the cloying jingles associated with television commercials. Cheerful fans of the Los Angeles band’s effervescent electro-pop will help transform the Madrid Theatre into a hub of positive energy on Tuesday. With Machineheart and Phoebe Ryan.
Tickets are $18 and $50 in advance through ticketmaster.com.