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This weekend’s best music: Bonerama, the Appleseed Cast and Devon Allman

Bonerama will play Thursday, Jan. 15, at Knuckleheads.
Bonerama will play Thursday, Jan. 15, at Knuckleheads.


Thursday, Jan. 15, at Knuckleheads

Bonerama has overcome its goofy name to become one of New Orleans’ most notable party bands. The novelty isn’t limited to a front line of three trombones. Bonerama’s engaging covers of heavy metal classics regularly send dancers into delirious frenzies.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Eric Paslay

Thursday, Jan. 15, at Kanza Hall

Eric Paslay flipped the script on country radio with his 2014 hit “Song About a Girl.” While insisting that the subject of the song isn’t a contemporary country cliché like “souped-up cars, water towers (or) drowning in a bottle of Jack,” Paslay insists that he’s singing “about a girl.” With Backroad Anthem.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish

Friday, Jan. 16, at the Granada

Notable practitioners of the ska movement that momentarily claimed the spotlight in the 1990s, Less Than Jake and Reel Big Fish are still pleasing ska loyalists long past the music’s expiration date. Enthusiastic performances and sturdy songs have allowed the bands to prolong their careers. With Authority Zero.

Tickets are $22.50 in advance through

Appleseed Cast

Friday, Jan. 16, at the Replay Lounge

One of the most influential Midwestern bands of the past two decades, the Appleseed Cast continues to perform in small taverns in spite of its exalted reputation. The indie rockers will demonstrate their innovative sound for a few dozen admirers at the Replay Lounge on Friday.

The cover charge is $3. Details are available at

The Philistines

Saturday, Jan. 17, at the RecordBar

Midcoast Takeover, the Midwest Music Foundation’s annual showcase of Kansas City area acts in Austin, Texas, during the South by Southwest music convention, requires funding. The Philistines, the headliners of Saturday’s benefit show, are a self-described “interstellar psychedelic rock ’n’ roll” band. With the Latenight Callers, the Medicine Theory and the Sluts.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

The Toasters

Saturday, Jan. 17, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

An American ska institution, the Toasters were founded in New York in the early 1980s. Signature songs like “2-Tone Army” may be dated, but the nostalgic dancers at Davey’s on Saturday would be displeased with a jarring makeover. With Irieplaceables Ska Orchestra and Cave Girls.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

Devon Allman

Saturday, Jan. 17, at Knuckleheads

The Allman Brothers Band officially disbanded in 2014 after decades of carrying the torch of Southern rock, but Devon Allman, son of Gregg, continues the family tradition with hearty blues-rock. Allman is touring in support of his appropriately titled “Ragged & Dirty” album. With Brother Bagman.

Tickets are $15 in advance through


Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Granada

The saga of Mayhem is far better known than the music of the Norwegian black metal band. Mayhem’s sordid history is filled with horrific tales of suicide, murder and church burnings. A couple of longtime members and new additions to the band are burnishing Mayhem’s evil legacy on the Black Metal Warfare Tour. With Watain and Revenge.

Tickets are $22 in advance through

Elsa Cross

Tuesday, Jan. 20, at the Bottleneck

Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Westport Saloon

Nikki Lane demonstrated last year that a country artist with a punk sensibility can make a rapid transition from a virtual unknown to a highly touted attraction. Elsa Cross, a very similar Americana artist from Austin, Texas, will attempt to replicate Lane’s startling ascent in 2015.

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Black Label Society

Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Midland

Since the conclusion of his first tour of duty as the primary guitarist in Ozzy Osbourne’s band, Zakk Wylde has created rugged biker rock as the leader of Black Label Society. The band works in the loud tradition of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. With Hatebreed and Butcher Babies.

Tickets are $9.89 in advance through