Thursday, April 16, at the Granada
Like the War On Drugs, Twin Shadow repackages vintage rock sounds for youthful audiences. The stage name of George Lewis Jr., Twin Shadow makes something new of the 1980s output of Bruce Springsteen and Peter Gabriel. With Erik Hassle.
Tickets are $16 in advance through thegranada.com.
Thursday, April 16, at Replay
The narrator of “Murder,” a song from Mat Shoare’s new album “Right as Rain,” contemplates committing a heinous act. The real crime is Shoare’s unjust obscurity. The locally based indie rock artist will celebrate his latest release on Thursday. With La Guerre and CS Luxem.
The cover charge is $3. Details are available at replaylounge.com.
Saturday, April 18, at the Madrid Theatre
The Madrid Theatre, one of the most underutilized venues in Kansas City, will host a concert by one of the smartest bands in the history of Southern rock on Saturday. The Drive-By Truckers will likely play a couple dozen astute songs at the venue on Main Street.
Tickets are $31 in advance through pipelineticketing.frontgatesolutions.com.
KJHK Farmer’s Ball semifinals
Saturday, April 18, at the Bottleneck
Eight locally based bands will compete Saturday for the opportunity to be among the four acts to advance to the April 25 finals of college radio station KJHK’s annual Farmer’s Ball. Arc Flash, Lion, No Cave, Via Luna and Toughies are among the contestants.
The cover charge is $5, or $3 for University of Kansas students. Details at kjhk.org.
Communion Night: Hey Rosetta, Kevin Garrett and Kayleigh Rose
Sunday, April 19, at the Tank Room
The latest installment of the monthly Communion Night music discovery series features the Canadian chamber rock ensemble Hey Rosetta, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Kevin Garrett and Kayleigh Rose, a teen from Missouri with a wondrous voice.
Tickets are $8 in advance through communionmusic.com.
Sunday, April 19, at Knuckleheads
As the guitarist for Nickel Creek, Sean Watkins is partly responsible for making bluegrass palatable to a new generation. The mercurial star Fiona Apple is one such convert. Her duet with Watkins on “Banks of the Ohio” was released as a 7” single this month. With Joseph LeMay.
Tickets are $12 in advance at knuckleheadshonkytonk.com.
Tuesday, April 21, at the Midland
The release of the new album “Carrie & Lowell” affirms what Sufjan Stevens’ loyal fans already knew — he’s one of the most creative musicians of the last 15 years. After a bracing foray into electronic sounds, the arty singer/songwriter has returned to his roots in folk. With Little Scream.
Tickets are $40 in advance from midlandkc.com.
Langhorne Slim & the Law
Tuesday, April 21, at the RecordBar
Shouting like a union organizer on a picket line and banging on a guitar as if possessed by the ghost of Woody Guthrie, Langhorne Slim is an exciting performer. The impassioned troubadour from Pennsylvania will attempt to raise the roof at RecordBar on Tuesday.
Tickets are $15 in advance through therecordbar.com.
The Infamous Stringdusters
Wednesday, April 22, at the Bottleneck
The Infamous Stringdusters are a bluegrass band built for boisterous barrooms. The lively quintet’s excellent musicianship is admired by bluegrass aficionados while its party-minded songs are appreciated by members of the jam band community.
Tickets are $16 in advance through thebottlenecklive.com.
Wednesday, April 22, at the Uptown Theater
Far more than the novelty band behind viral videos such as “Here We Go Again,” OK Go is an excellent power pop and dance-rock band. Wednesday’s concert kicks off the music portion of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest. With Republic Tigers and White Arrows.
Tickets for Wednesday’s concert are $15 in advance through middleofthemapfest.com. Four-day passes for Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest are $75.