Thursday, Aug. 18, at Providence Amphitheater
Snoop Dogg clears the air on the opening track of his new album, “Coolaid.” In a startling return to his gangster rap roots, the man born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. barks that’s he’s a “living legend.” Music has often taken a backseat to Snoop Dogg’s extracurricular interests since he became a pop culture icon. He’s displaying his rekindled ferocity as the headliner of the High Road Tour. With Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies and DJ Drama.
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Providence Medical Center Amphitheater. 913-825-3400. providenceamp.com. $29.50-$99.95 in advance.
Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Granada
Suggesting that the Japanese trio Boris is a heavy metal band doesn’t fully capture the groundbreaking group’s paint-peeling sound. Boris’ attack is profoundly cacophonous. Only the most daring admirers of avant-garde noise and ruthless metal are capable of withstanding the sonic assaults. Boris is performing the entirety of its transcendently beautiful and terrifyingly violent 2005 album “Pink” on its current tour. With Earth.
8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. The Granada. 785-842-1390. thegranada.com. $18 in advance.
Thursday, Aug. 18, at Knuckleheads
Billy Bob Thornton assumes a variety of personae as a member of the wry band the Boxmasters. The actor plays the part of a sexist St. Louis Cardinals fan as he sings “I’m Watching the Game,” a vengeance-minded cuckold during “I Shot Him Down” and “an irresponsible washout” on “That’s Why Tammy Has My Car.” The band’s husky sound — a blend of Dwight Yoakam’s honky-tonk and John Hiatt’s bluesy rock — unifies the offbeat subject matter. With Parker Millsap.
8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 18. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com. $27.50 in advance.
Friday, Aug. 19, at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
Barack Obama recently revealed his affection for the music of Chrisette Michele. The “Songs for the Nighttime” playlist that he tweeted to millions of followers kicks off with the New York native’s sultry 2007 hit “If I Had My Way.” Michele has spent the last decade gradually ascending the ranks of R&B divas. The endorsement of the president and the strength of her new album, “Milestone,” edges Michele even closer to the rarefied heights inhabited by her iconic peers Beyoncé and Rihanna.
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $20-$45 in advance.
Friday, Aug. 19, at Knuckleheads
Sunny Sweeney’s big break has yet to materialize. The Texan has been on the cusp of country stardom for the last 10 years. Sweeney may be a shade too colorful for the mainstream. On the ornery song “Everybody Else Can Kiss My Ass” from her most recent album “Provoked,” Sweeney sings that “tonight there’s beer that needs drinkin’, Merle Haggard that needs singin’, a couple boys that need to go ahead and fight.” With Jocelyn & Chris Arndt.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com. $12.50 in advance.
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear
Friday, Aug. 19, at the Nerman Museum
One of the most joyous celebrations of Kansas City’s music scene in recent memory took place at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland last August when 1,500 well-wishers attended a Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear concert. Timothy Finn of The Star characterized the show as a coronation. Almost exactly one year later, the locally based son-and-mother duo will perform their charming folk songs under the stars as part of Johnson County Community College’s Light Up the Lawn series.
8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Nerman Museum. 913-469-8500. jccc.edu/performing-arts-series. Free.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Uptown Theater
The celestial lethargy of Beach House’s dream-pop has been embraced by listeners who enjoy luxuriating in the sonic equivalent of an opium den. The Baltimore duo’s languorous lullabies provide a leisurely refuge from a frantic, plugged-in world. A miniature masterpiece, Beach House’s arrestingly wispy 2012 song “Myth” is among the most sublime compositions of the new millennium. With Entrance.
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Uptown Theater. 816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $25 in advance.
5 Seconds of Summer
Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Sprint Center
“She Looks So Perfect,” the 2014 breakout hit by the Australian group 5 Seconds of Summer, contains one of the most scandalous lyrics in the history of boy bands: “you look so perfect standing there in my American Apparel underwear.” The infectiously fun “Girls Talk Boys,” the quartet’s current hit, indicates that 5 Seconds of Summer may have a longer shelf life than many of its peers. With Hey Violet and Roy English.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Sprint Center. 816-483-1456. sprintcenter.com. $27.95-$77.95 in advance.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads
A lot of artists performing under the banner of Americana create delicate and precious music. Not Sarah Borges. The Massachusetts native roams stages with the confident swagger of a member of the Rolling Stones. Borges is touring in support of the aptly titled “Good and Dirty,” an EP produced by the roots-rock hero Eric “Roscoe” Ambel. Borges and Ambel will raise hell in the back room of Knuckleheads on Saturday.
9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads. 816-483-1456. knuckleheadshonkytonk.com. $12 in advance.
Saturday, Aug. 20, at KC Live
As the popular boy band 5 Seconds of Summer thrills thousands of teens at the Sprint Center on Saturday, the four acts featured on the KC Live stage across the street will rekindle the giddy youths of women who were born in the ’80s. 98 Degrees, the group that counts tabloid celebrity Nick Lachey among its members, headlines the nostalgic My2K tour. With O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. KC Live. 816-842-1045. powerandlightdistrict.com. $15-$20 in advance.
Sunday, Aug. 21, at Crossroads KC
Even though she has never achieved mainstream success, Lucinda Williams is a giant of American music. Decades from now, music enthusiasts and scholars will likely speak of Williams in the same reverent terms as they’ll use for iconic artists like Muddy Waters and Johnny Cash. Touring in support of her 12th studio album “The Ghosts of Highway 20,” Williams will perform her esteemed combination of blues, rock, soul and country at Crossroads KC on Sunday. With Buick 6.
8:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Crossroads KC. 785-749-3434. crossroadskc.com. $28-$76.50 in advance.
La Santa Cecilia
Sunday, Aug. 21, at KC Live
The deliriously innovative La Santa Cecilia is the headlining act of the En Vivo Latino Music Festival. The Los Angeles band possesses the engaging musicianship associated with Lake Street Dive and shares an affinity for rock en español with Kansas City’s Making Movies. Dynamic vocalist Marisol Hernandez usually sings in Spanish, but her group’s inviting grooves don’t require translation. Maria the Mexican is among the opening acts.
2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. KC Live. 816-842-1045. powerandlightdistrict.com. $11 in advance.