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The best music this weekend: Black Lillies, Guided by Voices, George Clinton and the Who

Black Lillies will perform April 29 at Knuckleheads.
Black Lillies will perform April 29 at Knuckleheads. Joseph Llanes


Thursday, April 28, at the Riot Room

Woods is weird. The Brooklyn-based band is capable of performing impeccably winsome neo-folk in an acoustic format. Yet the members of Woods elected to emphasize their experimental tendencies on the exciting new album “City Sun Eater in the River of Light.” African and Jamaican rhythms will bolster Woods’ homespun folk at the Riot Room on Thursday. With Ultimate Painting.

Tickets are $12 in advance through

The Who

Friday, April 29, at the Sprint Center

Area classic rock fans hope the third time’s a charm. The Who have twice postponed a concert at the Sprint Center. If original members Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are in good health, the band will reprise hits like “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “Pinball Wizard” and “Behind Blue Eyes” for grateful devotees. With Slydigs.

Tickets range from $37.50 to $137.50 in advance through

Black Lillies

Friday, April 29, at Knuckleheads

A crime inflicted on the Black Lillies in Houston a few months ago resembles the lyrics to one of its hard-knock Americana songs. A van and trailer containing most of the Knoxville-based band’s gear and clothing was stolen from the parking lot of a motel. Bolstered by the outpouring of financial and moral support from fans, the group is back on the road performing its compelling songs.

Tickets are $10 in advance through

R. Kelly

Saturday, April 30, at the Sprint Center

R. Kelly calls himself the Pied Piper of R&B. His detractors have far less flattering epithets for the star. The Chicago artist responsible for inspirational hits like “I Believe I Can Fly” and lurid come-ons like “Sex Me” has maintained the loyalty of dedicated soul fans in spite of the controversies that surround him. As Kelly suggests on his bouncy song “Thoia Thoing,” “What’s R&B without the ‘R’?”

Tickets range from $65 to $125 in advance through

Nahko and Medicine for the People

Saturday, April 30, at Liberty Hall

A band on a mission, Los Angeles-based Nahko and Medicine for the People jubilantly advocates for causes including the rights of indigenous people. The earthy dance-rock group is vying to become the new favorite ensemble of fans of like-minded ensembles such as the Dave Matthews Band and Michael Franti & Spearhead. With Kim Churchill.

Tickets are $22 in advance through

George Clinton

Saturday, April 30, at the Granada

Funk would still exist if George Clinton had never been born, but the impact of the form would have been greatly diminished without the contributions of the musical visionary. As the founder of groundbreaking groups Parliament and Funkadelic and as a solo artist, Clinton unleashed unstoppable jams like “Flash Light” and “Atomic Dog” on the universe. With Sunu and Duncan Burnett & the Riot.

Tickets are $32 in advance through

Guided by Voices

Monday, May 2, at the Bottleneck

The indie-rock equivalent of the Who’s Pete Townshend, Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices is a dazzling melodist and remarkable lyricist. Songs like “As We Go Up, We Go Down” are brilliant low-fidelity updates of classic rock staples like the Who’s “The Kids Are Alright.” Pollard, the only constant member of Guided by Voices, is touring in support of the group’s 22nd album, “Please Be Honest.”

Tickets are $25 in advance through

The 1975

Tuesday, May 3, at Starlight Theatre

The members of the 1975 insist that the name of their band was inspired by a line in a book of poetry. Perhaps, but it’s obvious that the 1975 has an affinity for the popular music of the mid-’70s. The British band expertly recasts the yacht rock of Christopher Cross, the disco of Chic and the blue-eyed soul of “Young Americans”-era David Bowie into vibrant pop for a new generation. With Wolf Alice and the Japanese House.

Tickets range from $30 to $50 in advance through


Tuesday, May 3, at the Riot Room

A few years before Kansas City speed rapper Tech N9ne became an international sensation, Twista’s rapid-fire flow was featured on a few national hits. The Kanye West collaborations “Overnight Celebrity” and “Slow Jamz” remain the best known representations of the Chicago rapper’s fleet technique. With Super Shaq Gonzoe, Craig Smith, Joey Cool, JL and Soldier.

Tickets are $15 in advance through

Silversun Pickups, Foals and Joywave

Wednesday, May 4, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland

The triple bill at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland on Wednesday acts as a superlative survey of the indie-rock scene. Silversun Pickups is best known for its dreamy 2007 breakthrough hit “Lazy Eye.” Stars in their homeland, the British band Foals is making a concerted push for greater success in the United States. The giddy electronic-based pop of Joywave will open the show for the guitar-based bands.

Tickets are $25 in advance through


Wednesday, May 4, at the Granada

B.o.B was roundly mocked a few months ago when he espoused his belief that the Earth is flat. The Atlanta artist’s scientific theories may be unconventional, but his music is decidedly mainstream. From his 2010 chart-topper “Nothin’ on You” to last year’s collaboration with Tech N9ne on the hit “Hood Go Crazy,” B.o.B is one of the most notable radio rappers of recent years. With Scotty ATL and London Jae.

Tickets are $20 in advance through

Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest

Begins Wednesday, May 4, at multiple venues

The marquee names of the music portion of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest perform later in the week, but many of the four-day event’s most sublime moments will likely transpire on the opening night of the sprawling festival.

Loaded with superlative vocalists and outstanding instrumentalists, the indoor stage at Californos hosts one of the festival’s most exemplary lineups on Wednesday. The bill is topped by Krystle Warren, a Paris-based singer-songwriter who was raised in Kansas City. Warren often sounds like the reincarnation of the legendary Nina Simone. Her set will be preceded by correspondingly sophisticated outings by Ensemble Ibérica, Annie Ellicott with Mark Southerland, Baskery and Jessica Paige.

The Kansas City garage-rock masters the Fullbloods are among the bands slated to play on the patio of Californos. Pensive pop act Sales is among the attractions at Ernie Biggs. Folk and country aficionados will congregate at the Westport saloon for rootsy outings by musicians including teen sensation Julian Davis. Three of Kansas City’s finest psychedelic bands — the Jorge Arana Trio, Monta at Odds and Be/Non — will blow minds at Mills Record Company.

Wednesday-only passes are $20. Two-day passes for Wednesday, May 4, and Thursday, May 5, are $30. Four-day music passes are $80. Details are available at