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This week’s top shows: Titus Andronicus, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, Kevin Garrett, Wolfmother

Melanie Martinez will play Tuesday, March 15, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland.
Melanie Martinez will play Tuesday, March 15, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Stephanie Lopez

Titus Andronicus

Thursday, March 10, at the Bottleneck

A sprawling rock opera in the tradition of the Who’s “Tommy,” Titus Andronicus’ “The Most Lamentable Tragedy” is one of the most ambitious rock albums of recent years. The hyper-literate punk band from New Jersey is showcasing songs from the acclaimed 2015 release on its No Faith, No Future, No Problem tour. With Craig Finn.

Tickets are $15 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen

Thursday, March 10, at the Uptown Theater

Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen are Aggies: The duo co-wrote “The Front Porch Song” when they were students at Texas A&M. Each man has since earned a prominent position in the pantheon of Texas singer/songwriters. Lovett and Keen will swap songs and tell tall tales in a solo acoustic setting at the Uptown Theater.

Tickets range from $45 to $65 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Eliot Sumner

Friday, March 11, at the Riot Room

The music made by Eliot Sumner sounds less like the work of her father’s old band than the output of another iconic British group. The husky voice and indie rock of Sting’s talented daughter more closely resembles the dark music made by the Smiths than the more upbeat hits of the Police. Sumner is touring in support of her first solo album.

Tickets are $10 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Maria the Mexican

Friday, March 11, at the VooDoo

Maria the Mexican, one of Kansas City’s most notable roots-rock bands, will celebrate the release of its “South of the Border Moonlight” album at the VooDoo on Friday. The bilingual recording is filled with heartfelt songs that showcase the compelling sibling vocal harmonies of Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas. With Soca Jukebox.

Tickets are $4.75 and $9.75 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

Cory Henry’s Revival

Friday, March 11, at the Bottleneck

Cory Henry won a Grammy Award last month for his contribution to an album by acclaimed jazz band Snarky Puppy. The organist and bandleader is also a fluent funk, rock and gospel musician. His performances combine the celebratory aspects of neon-lit Saturday nights with reverent praise-filled Sunday mornings. With Sharp 9.

Tickets are $13 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.

Wolfmother

Friday, March 11, at the Granada

A musician’s hairstyle doesn’t always offer insights into the music he or she performs. The big hair of Andrew Stockdale, however, is telling. Just as the Australian’s bushy shock recalls the Woodstock era, Stockdale’s brash rock as the leader of Wolfmother evokes the sound of classic guitar-based bands like Cream, Mountain and Grand Funk Railroad. With Deap Vally.

Tickets are $22 in advance through thegranada.com.

Kevin Garrett

Saturday, March 12, at the Tank Room

A miniscule fraction of the millions of people who are smitten with Kevin Garrett’s sleek electronic soul ballads will squeeze into the Tank Room to witness the Kansas City debut of the highly touted artist. The Brooklyn-based vocalist’s pop smarts have put him on the fast track to stardom. With Matt Woods.

Tickets are $10 in advance through axs.com.

Backroad Anthem

Saturday, March 12, at the Granada

The remaining members of Backroad Anthem have opted to carry on following the highly publicized death of vocalist Craig Strickland, whose body was recovered on Jan. 4 after he disappeared during a December duck hunting expedition. The peppy country band from Arkansas opened for Eric Paslay at Kanza Hall last year.

Tickets are $10 in advance through thegranada.com.

Daughter

Sunday, March 13, at the Granada

The arty folk-rock of Daughter is so forlorn that the British trio deflated a massive sunbathed audience at a music festival at Berkley Riverfront Park in 2013. Daughter will perform its somber songs including “Youth” and “Smother” at a far more accommodating setting in Lawrence on Sunday. With Wilsen.

Tickets are $15 in advance through thegranada.com.

Basia Bulat

Sunday, March 13, at the Riot Room

Basia Bulat was recently given a flattering musical makeover. The Canadian musician had been unjustly overlooked amid the glut of folk-rock singer/songwriters. With guidance from producer Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Bulat’s immense talent is placed in a shimmering pop setting on the new album “Good Advice.” With the Weather Station.

Tickets are $12 in advance through theriotroom.com.

Melanie Martinez

Tuesday, March 15, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

“Cry Baby,” the state-of-the-art conceptual pop album release by Melanie Martinez last year, made the former contestant of “The Voice” a bona fide star. She appeals to young fans who consider Katy Perry a relic from an antiquated era and to Goth-oriented listeners who appreciate Martinez’s angst. With Alvarez Kings.

Tickets are $27.50 in advance through midlandkc.com.

Nightwish

Wednesday, March 16, at the Uptown Theater

Equal parts refined orchestra and barbaric heavy metal band, the music of the Finnish group Nightwish is an engaging dichotomy. The sextet is marking its 20th anniversary with a global tour. Portions of Wednesday’s concert will resemble a mashup of a symphony by composer Jean Sibelius and a thrash anthem by Metallica. With Delain and Sonata Arctica.

Tickets are $30 in advance through ticketmaster.com.

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