Billy Joe Shaver
Thursday, Aug. 4, at Knuckleheads
“Long in the Tooth,” the new album by honky-tonk hero Billy Joe Shaver, will be released on Friday. The project features a cantankerous duet with his fellow country desperado Willie Nelson on “Hard to Be an Outlaw.” The 76-year-old also raps on the title track, an unexpected stunt that may astonish fans at Knuckleheads on Thursday. With Dallas Wayne.
8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $20 in advance.
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Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy
Friday, Aug. 5, at Starlight Theatre
Jeff Beck, 72, and Buddy Guy, 80, don’t act like senior citizens. Beck, the British guitarist who first achieved international renown in the 1960s as a member of the Yardbirds, sounds like an angry young man on his surly new album “Loud Hailer.” Chicago blues legend Guy continues to play with youthful vigor. His aptly titled 2015 release “Born to Play Guitar” won a Grammy Award for best blues album.
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $35-$135.95 in advance.
Lake Street Dive
Friday, Aug. 5, at the Uptown Theater
Pop culture is dominated by fads and novelties. From time to time, however, entertainers manage to break through the clutter based on nothing but their talents. Boston quartet Lake Street Dive is one such ensemble. The soulful pop group has gradually cultivated an audience for its outstanding vocals, instrumental prowess and engaging performances. With Aoife O’Donovan.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $25-$50 in advance.
Friday, Aug. 5, on the Riot Room patio
Nina Diaz was just 13 when she first performed with the San Antonio band Girl in a Coma. Named after a song by the Smiths, the band received more critical raves than fan support for its goth-tinged indie-rock. After recording a series of Girl in a Coma albums for Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records, Diaz is attempting to gain traction for her fledgling solo career. With Scarlet Sails.
7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $10 in advance.
Psychedelic Furs and the Church
Friday, Aug. 5, at Crossroads KC
Psychedelic Furs has become a major attraction on the oldies circuit by providing exactly what fans want from the musicians who contributed to the soundtracks of their youths: The British alternative rock band plays faithful re-creations of its hits with infectious enthusiasm. “Pretty in Pink” and “Love My Way” are among the gems that still sound entirely vital. With the Church.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $26-$76.50 in advance.
Friday, Aug. 5, at KC Live
While he’s not a country superstar on the level of George Strait or Alan Jackson, Gary Allan possesses the same sort of laudable authenticity as those iconic artists. The California native manages to appeal to the mainstream country audience without compromising his devotion to the genre’s traditions. The hopeful “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain),” the heartbroken “Watching Airplanes” and the forlorn “Smoke Rings in the Dark” are among Allan’s biggest hits.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5. KC Live. 816-842-1045. powerandlightdistrict.com. $10-$20 in advance.
Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas
Saturday, Aug. 6, at the Sprint Center
Demi Lovato’s single “Cool for the Summer” immediately entered the pantheon of classic summer pop songs upon its release 13 months ago. The sultry ditty about sexual experimentation further separated Lovato from the wholesome image she projected as a child actor. She is touring with Nick Jonas, one of her co-stars in the 2008 Disney Channel movie “Camp Rock.” With Mike Posner.
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Sprint Center. 816-949-7000. sprintcenter.com. $29.95-$89.95 in advance.
Kool & the Gang
Saturday, Aug. 6, at Starlight Theatre
Kool & the Gang represents different things to different people. Guests at wedding receptions know the party isn’t complete until “Celebration” is played. Hip-hop heads respect the group for providing part of rap’s foundation with songs including “Hollywood Swinging.” Aficionados of funk love Kool & the Gang for classic jams like “Jungle Boogie.” Each constituency is likely to be appeased at Saturday’s concert. With Morris Day and the Time and Bootsy’s Rubber Band.
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. Starlight Theatre. 816-363-7827. kcstarlight.com. $29.95-$99.95 in advance.
Corinne Bailey Rae
Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Uptown Theater
“Put Your Records On,” a gentle ode about the restorative power of music, remains Corinne Bailey Rae’s most recognizable song 10 years after its release. The sophisticated British artist has released three albums filled with lesser-known neo-soul material that’s equally enchanting. “The Heart Speaks in Whispers,” Rae’s latest recording, overflows with elegantly sultry songs, including “Green Aphrodisiac.”
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $31 in advance.
Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Riot Room
Ras Kass packs more ideas into a single song than many rappers express in their entire careers. “How to Kill God,” a typically provocative track from the veteran California rapper, addresses biblical texts, American history and myriad conspiracy theories. A colleague of Kurupt, Killah Priest and Canibus in the Hrsmn collective, Ras Kass will be supported by acts including Planet Asia and the Soul Servers.
8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 9. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $12-$15 in advance.
Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Riot Room
It’s not difficult to understand why NPR’s influential tastemaker Bob Boilen champions River Whyless. The group from North Carolina employs unusual instrumentation and gorgeous harmony singing as it blends old-timey music with modern experimental sounds. Boilen has suggested that River Whyless plays with “imagination and textures that set the band apart from many of its acoustic and folk-based peers.”
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. Riot Room. 816-442-8179. theriotroom.com. $10 in advance.
Kangaroo Knife Fight
Wednesday, Aug. 10, at Kauffman Stadium
Kangaroo Knife Fight creates the sort of burly rock songs that could double as excellent walk-up anthems for baseball players. The Kansas City-area rock band performs at the Outfield Experience stage as part of Wednesday’s Ink Night celebration.
6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10. Kauffman Stadium. 800-676-9257. royals.com. The show is free for ticketholders to the game.