Thursday, July 2, at Liberty Hall
The crisp yet abrasive sound of the Los Angeles band Failure had a profound impact on hundreds of locally based musicians. Discussions about music involving members of Kansas City’s rock scene born in the ’70s and ’80s invariably leads to glowing tributes to Failure. With Sundiver.
Tickets range from $25 to $35 in advance through libertyhall.net.
Eyes Set to Kill
Thursday, July 2, at Aftershock
Eyes Set to Kill’s combination of pop-punk charm and snarling metal have made the band stars on the rock scene associated with the annual Warped Tour. Sisters Alexia and Anissa Rodriguez anchor the loud trio from Arizona.
Tickets are $13 in advance through aftershockshows.com.
Friday, July 3, at Crossroads KC
One of the few bands prominently featuring violins and accordions to be embraced by alternative rock aficionados, Gogol Bordello makes manic party music that embraces both its roots in European folk styles and the first wave of punk rock.
Tickets range from $25 to $76.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
The C.O.A. Experience
Friday, July 3, at the Tank Room
“My past a little ugly but my future lookin’ bright,” Kyle James raps on “I’ve Arrived.” The prodigal son of Mayor Sly James will return to Kansas City for “The C.O.A. Experience.” James suggests that his music collective’s party will be infused with “the presence of creative synergy and consciousness.”
Tickets are $10 in advance through coaempire.com.
Mates of State
Friday, July 3, at the RecordBar
A seemingly exemplary model of a rock ’n’ roll romance, Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel could hardly be more adorable. Now based on the East Coast, the couple began playing warm-and-fuzzy synth-pop as Mates of State in Lawrence in 1997. With Good Graeff and Hey Marseilles.
Tickets range from $15 to $17 in advance through therecordbar.com.
Friday, July 3, at Kanza Hall
Country upstart Jessica Lynn is barnstorming the United States on her “Takin’ Over” tour. Often billed as “the new Shania Twain,” the New York native had a PBS special air recently. Her pop-oriented version of country is unapologetically commercial.
Tickets are $10 in advance through oneblocksouthkc.com.
Saturday, July 4, at the Riot Room
A onetime collaborator of the legendary producer J Dilla, the Detroit rapper Black Milk is a big fish in the small pond of conscious backpack hip-hop. His 2010 release was titled “Album of the Year.” Several of his projects merit consideration for the accolade. D/Will is among the opening acts.
Tickets range from$10 to $12 in advance through theriotroom.com.
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Monday, July 6, at Crossroads KC
The members of the California collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros may never replicate the success they achieved with the 2010 hit “Home.” A rendition of the maddeningly memorable ditty is likely to be the highlight of Monday’s concert. With the Bright Light Social Hour and Letts.
Tickets range from $28 to $76.50 in advance through crossroadskc.com.
Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional
Monday, July 6, at the Uptown Theater
The audience at Monday’s concert at the Uptown Theater will be steeped in nostalgia for a not-so-distant past. Dashboard Confessional brought emo to the mainstream during the ’00s. Third Eye Blind hit the big time in 1997 with “Semi-Charmed Life.” With Augustana.
Tickets range from $34 to $75 in advance through uptowntheater.com.
Wednesday, July 8, at the Uptown Arts Bar
The Austin-based singer-songwriter Jess Klein has been impressing audiences with her enormous voice and smart songs for about 20 years. Klein’s appearance at the Uptown Arts Bar is recommended to fans of locally based roots musicians Kelley Hunt and Howard Iceberg. With Mike June.
Tickets are $8 in advance through brownpapertickets.com/event/1644567.