Concert Calendar: Beach House, Lucinda Williams, Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters, Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa, The Architects and more

Beach House
Alex Scally and Victoria Legrand know what they’re doing. Over the past decade, the Baltimore duo has managed what most moody synth-pop bands never quite do: staying power. In fact, as Beach House, the two have gone a step further. Last year, guitarist Scally and singer Legrand released two critically acclaimed albums, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, just six weeks apart. The two albums sound like they come from opposing poles on the same weird, dreamy planet. Thank Your Lucky Stars is the chillier of the two: Legrand’s voice drifts out, just a touch lazier and murkier than the synths and smoky beats that surround it — cold company during a long night of gazing at the sky. Prepare to lose yourself in the haze Saturday at the Uptown.
Saturday, August 20
Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway

Billy Bob Thornton & the Boxmasters
Admit it: Every time you see Billy Bob Thornton — as a rotten Santa or a homicidal maniac in Fargo — you think, “Man, that guy could probably sing one hell of a country song.” He has the look — a little weary, a little rough, but still a touch of a twinkle in his eye. He still has an Arkansas lilt left over from his childhood. But Thornton has more than the looks for music. He’s been a drummer since he was 9 years old, and he’s released four albums since 2001. Thursday at Knuckleheads, you can see what Thornton and his band, the Boxmasters, can offer when he’s not lighting up the silver screen. Hint: It’s going to sound pretty close to a high-quality, roots-flavored rock. Parker Millsap opens.
Thursday, August 18
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams seems to summon her voice from a place other musicians can’t reach. It slides out of her throat, a jagged, earthy, not-quite-mellifluous sound. On her latest release, The Ghosts of Highway 20, Williams makes strong use of her formidable talent. Ghosts is all about old haunts: lost loves, memories and not just a little death. She trots out all of this darkness, hangs it on the wall, lets it linger — partly, it seems, so that she can make her peace with it, but largely because she does well telling dark stories. Ghosts is a fine album — perhaps one of the finest in Williams’ career. Sunday night at CrossroadsKC, gather ’round for some of the best ghost stories. Buick 6 opens.
Sunday, August 21
CrossroadsKC, 417 E. 18th St.

Thursday 8.18

Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa
Providence Medical Amphitheater, 633 N. 130th St., Bonner Springs

XJ-Will
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

DJ Nasty Orange, Yung Grandpa
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Space Oddity: A David Bowie Tribute
Crossroads KC, 417 E. 18th St.

Boris
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Matt Hopper Trio
The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

We Are the Willows, Universe Contest
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Friday 8.19

The Architects, with The Rackatees, Berwanger
Friday, August 19
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

The Band Oasis
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Phill DeGreg, KC Quintet
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Roseline, Small Joys Gang,
Missouri Likes Company
The Brick, 1727 McGee

Moreland & Arbuckle, Nick Schnebelen Band
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

The Runaway Sons, The Uglys,
See-You-Home-Wolf, Plug Uglies
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

The Wailers
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Heat Index
The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Sunny Sweeney with Jocelyn and Chris Arndt
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Sexy Accident
MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Chrisette Michele
The Midland, 1228 Main

Inner Alter, Youngblood, Supercult, Snowchild
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Madisen Ward and the Momma Bear
JCCC Nerman Museum Lawn,
12345 College Blvd., Overland Park

Saturday 8.20
Ida McBeth
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Young Dubliners, Flannigan’s Right Hook
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Ivory Black, American Slim, The Fade
Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main

Phutureprimitive
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Todd Strait Quartet
The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Atlantic Express with Hal Wakes
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Wrong Alice, Striving for Cairo,
the Alea Dilemma, Tornado Head
MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Melting Point of Bronze
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

California Voodoo
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

5 Seconds of Summer
Sprint Center, 1407 Grand

Sunday 8.21
Phil DeGreg Quintet
The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Ants, Young Manchego
Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Weaponizer, Stonehaven, P.G.S.K.
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Monday 8.22
Matt Hopper
The Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Molly Hammer Duo
The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Tuesday 8.23
DJ Killa Watt
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

LiveBird with Jeff Robinson
The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Toasted DJ Showcase
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Wednesday 8.24

Baroness
The Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

The Drunken Hearts, Quiet Hollers
The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Natalie Bates Trio
The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Rivertown
Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Civil Youth, Steven Cooper, AJ Young Band, The Shameless Pursuit
Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

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