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Top music shows for the week: Johnny Rivers, English Beat, the Arcs and J Boog

Mount Moriah will be at the Riot Room Monday, April 25
Mount Moriah will be at the Riot Room Monday, April 25 Lissa Gotwals

Andrew Bird

Thursday, April 21, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

One of the most painfully self-conscious musicians of his generation, Andrew Bird conveys his uncommon sensitivity with extraordinary musicianship. On “Valleys of the Young,” a tender song on his heralded new album “Are You Serious,” the folk-rock artist dithers about the wisdom of bringing children into the world. With Dawn of Midi.

Tickets range from $26 to $46 in advance through

Johnny Rivers

Thursday, April 21, at Knuckleheads

The late Dick Clark was known as “the world’s oldest teenager.” The appellation could be passed on to Johnny Rivers. The septuagenarian tirelessly tours the world performing youth-oriented 1960s hits like the rousing “Secret Agent Man,” his bouncy version of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis” and the anguished ballad “Poor Side of Town.” With the Bel Airs.

Tickets are $38.50 in advance through

English Beat

Friday, April 22, at Knuckleheads

The 1982 album “Special Beat Service” is one of the most exemplary achievements of the so-called British new wave movement. Thirty-four years later, the English Beat is finally slated to release an absurdly overdue follow-up recording. Led by original member Roger Wakeling, the band will preview new material and play classic “Special Beat Service” songs like “I Confess” on Friday.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

The UK’s

Saturday, April 23, at Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club

The young members of the UK’s recently shortened the name of their band from the Uncountable Kings. The quartet that accurately compares its sound to the output of guitar-based bands like the White Stripes will celebrate the release of its “Bad Seed” album on Saturday. With Rachel Mallin and the Wild Type and Janet the Planet.

The cover charge is $7. Details are available at

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

Saturday, April 23, at the Madrid Theatre

Even though Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors are marketed as a secular Americana band, most of the Tennessee-based group’s songs are as warm, uplifting and generous as the praise-and-worship compositions of a successful contemporary Christian ensemble. The compassionate folk-rock quartet will raise the spirits of Saturday’s audience.

Tickets are $16 and $25 in advance through

Fear Factory and Soilwork

Saturday, April 23, at Aftershock

A portion of the harrowing noise created by today’s heavy metal bands can be traced to the innovations forged by Fear Factory and Soilwork in the 1990s. The industrial rock that Fear Factory explored in Los Angeles and the death metal that Soilwork crafted in Sweden has influenced subsequent generations of purveyors of unforgiving metal.

Tickets are $25 in advance through

Mount Moriah

Monday, April 25, at the Riot Room

North Carolina’s Mount Moriah is among a large number of intelligent and wonderfully melodic alternative country bands like Kansas City’s very own Grisly Hand. Mount Moriah is further abetted by its prestigious affiliation with Merge Records. With Margaret Glaspy.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

The Arcs

Tuesday, April 26, at Liberty Hall

Dan Auerbach of the enormously successful blues-rock duo the Black Keys embarked on a tangential endeavor last year as the leader the Arcs. The band crafts an alternative form of R&B that’s interspersed with delightful psychedelic flourishes. Rather than possessing the filthy bite of the Black Keys, the music of the Arcs offers gentle nuzzles. With Mariachi Flor de Toloache.

Tickets are $35 and $45 in advance through


Tuesday, April 26, at the Granada

Less a metal band than a throwback to the hard-partying groups of lore such as Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin, Kvelertak is gradually developing an American following for its colorful Nordic hard rock. Kvelertak’s previous area performances have been characterized by unsettling stage props and revoltingly voluminous amounts of expectoration. With Wild Throne and Torche.

Tickets are $16 in advance through

Eleanor Friedberger

Tuesday, April 26, at the Bottleneck

After impressing indie-rock fans with her brother Matthew in the Fiery Furnaces, Eleanor Friedberger has become an even more interesting solo artist. “New View,” Friedberger’s latest effort, demonstrates her affinity for past masters like Laura Nyro and indicates that she’s among today’s most compelling singer-songwriters. With Haunted Summer and La Guerre.

Tickets are $13 in advance through

Cross Record

Tuesday, April 26, at Love Garden

Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record are based in Dripping Springs, Texas, but the duo should feel entirely at home during their in-store performance in Lawrence on Tuesday. Cross Record’s new album, “Wabi-Sabi,” resembles the arty indie-pop made in Lawrence by Your Friend, La Guerre and Hospital Ships. With Raymond.

Details about the free 7 p.m. show are available at

J Boog

Wednesday, April 27, at the Bottleneck

J Boog, a reggae artist from Compton, makes a vital form of the music that appeals to fans of hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar as well as to devotees of Jamaican masters like Gregory Isaacs. His impressive new EP, “Rose Petals,” includes a sultry song featuring reggae scion Stephen Marley and a raunchy collaboration with hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg. With Maoli.

Tickets are $14 in advance through

Magic Man

Wednesday, April 27, at the Madrid Theatre

Hotline Spring, the title of the current tour by Boston electro-pop band Magic Man, is an amusing reference to the Drake hit “Hotline Bling.” The silly pun reflects the cheerful music of Magic Man. Songs like “Tonight” combine the insidious melodies of boy-band hits with the alluring synthetic cascades associated with electronic dance music. With the Griswolds and Panama Wedding.

Tickets are $20 and $35 in advance through

Bill Brownlee, Special to The Star