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This week’s best live music: Glass Animals and Cage the Elephant at the Midland, Ronnie Milsap at the VooDoo

Ronnie Milsap plays Friday, Dec. 19, at the VooDoo.
Ronnie Milsap plays Friday, Dec. 19, at the VooDoo. The Associated Press

Pop Evil

Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Midland

One of the breakout acts at this year’s Rockfest in Penn Valley Park, Pop Evil performs hearty rock in the tradition of Nickelback. The Michigan-based band tops a budget-priced concert sponsored by radio station 98.9 the Rock on Thursday. With Nothing More, Otherwise and Islander.

Tickets are $9.89 in advance through axs.com.

Augustana

Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Granada

“Boston,” the signature song of the California-based Augustana, is a plaintive ode to a failed love affair. Like much of the pop band’s catalog, the hopelessly romantic “Boston” ebbs and flows like a therapeutic crying session. With Scars on 45.

Tickets are $18 in advance through thegranada.com.

Orange Goblin

Thursday, Dec. 18, at the Riot Room

Between the ailments and legal woes of its members, AC/DC is undergoing a late-career crisis. Fans of the hard rock stalwarts may opt to redirect their attention to the intentionally silly but undeniably powerful output of the British band Orange Goblin. With King Parrot, Blast, Troglodyte and Merlin.

Tickets are $15 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Ronnie Milsap

Friday, Dec. 19, at the VooDoo

One of the savviest members of a controversial wave of “countrypolitan” artists who blended pop with country music in the 1970s and 1980s, Ronnie Milsap, 71, has become a respected elder statesman. He’ll revive groundbreaking hits like “Smoky Mountain Rain” and “It Was Almost Like a Song” on Friday.

Tickets are $103 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Cage the Elephant

Friday, Dec. 19, at the Midland

The antithesis of the laptop pop that has come to dominate the playlists of modern rock radio stations, Kentucky’s Cage the Elephant adds greasy blues and unkempt country elements into its surly brand of guitar-based rock. The concert billed as 96.5 the Buzz’s “The Night the Buzz Stole Xmas” also features Cold War Kids, the Orwells, Beautiful Bodies and the Architects.

Tickets to the sold-out concert were $29.65 in advance through axs.com.

Anthony Gomes

Friday, Dec. 19, at Knuckleheads

A blues-rock guitar-slinger influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Anthony Gomes has fashioned a career on flashy playing and insistent vocals. Based in St. Louis, the Canadian-born Gomes is a crowd-pleasing entertainer.

Tickets are $15 in advance through knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.

Glass Animals

Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Midland

The second night of radio station 96.5 the Buzz’s “The Night the Buzz Stole Christmas” concerts is headlined by Glass Animals, an audaciously talented British art-rock band in the tradition of Radiohead and Alt-J. With Bleachers, Banks, MisterWives and Outsides.

Tickets to the sold-out concert were $29.65 in advance through axs.com.

The Black Keys

Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Sprint Center

Not everyone agrees with longtime fans who are disappointed in the musical evolution of the Black Keys. The Ohio duo’s psychedelic new album, “Turn Blue,” has been nominated for Grammy Awards in the categories of best rock album, best rock song and best rock performance. With the sublime Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent.

Tickets range from $33 to $79 in advance through axs.com.

Mime Game

Tuesday, Dec. 23, at the RecordBar

Although the band has struggled to secure the wholehearted support of the indie-rock scene in its hometown, Mime Game is one of Kansas City’s most accomplished purveyors of melodic alternative rock. With Invisible World and Cauldron Point.

Tickets are $7 in advance through therecordbar.com.

Chrissy Murderbot

Wednesday, Dec. 24, at the Riot Room

Chrissy Murderbot left Kansas City for Chicago in 2007. Longtime area fans can get their fill of the club-banging hip-hop and dance music they’ve been missing on Christmas Eve. A self-described purveyor of “stupid party music,” the prolific DJ and producer will undoubtedly craft an irreverently festive mix.

Tickets are $5 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star

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