Henry Rollins delivers a talking cure, Yellow Claw spins a party, and David Ramirez brings you back down in time for the rest of this week’s shows

Henry Rollins

When punk legend Henry Rollins appears at the Uptown, it will not be in a musical capacity. Those hoping for a Black Flag–heavy set or a Rollins Band reprisal may be dismayed, but they are probably not surprised: Since disbanding the Rollins Band, in 2003, the man has declared himself done with music several times. His current tour centers on a “talking show” — yes, this is Rollins in spoken-word mode, with his observations, concerns and anecdotes ruling the night. Fans of Rollins’ work — and anyone disappointed by the post-election climate — should find something to enjoy on Friday night.

8 p.m. Friday, November 25, at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway 




Yellow Claw

Dutch DJ duo Jim Aasgier and Nizzle (real name: Nils Rondhuis) have had a relatively quick ascension to the top of the EDM world since their debut in 2010. It’s not hard to understand why, given the group’s talent for blending trap, hip-hop, dubstep and moombahton matched to an ability to attract edgy vocal talent for its singles. See 2013’s breakthrough hit, “Shotgun,” featuring Rochelle, or this year’s “Invitation,” with Yade Lauren. Saturday night will be all about the party : Yellow Claw is just as renowned for its ability to throw down as it is for spinning. If you’re looking for a sweaty, sultry danceathon, powered by music destined to pound through your brain well after the night is over, make sure you get a ticket to this show. 

8 p.m. Saturday, November 26, at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway


David Ramirez

No one will accuse David Ramirez of looking on the bright side — his latest release, last year’s Fables, sees to that. The album plays as a series of vignettes told by the same downtrodden, somber narrator, doing his best to navigate the choppy waters of a cloudy conscience. It’s not exactly a balm for the brokenhearted, but Ramirez isn’t all darkness and gloom. Perhaps some of his best advice comes in the scratchy refrain on “New Way of Living”: Maybe it’s time to move on. For the unfamiliar, Ramirez will remind listeners most of Jason Isbell; he and Ramirez seem to share a particular talent for homing in on difficult elements of the human experience, and giving them poignancy. 

7 p.m. Sunday, November 27, at the Riot Room, 4048 Broadway


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Midnight Mauraders

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence 

Playing for Horses

9 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main 

Steve Lambert Quartet

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

Magnificent: A Tribute to the Cure

9:30 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Savage Thanksgiving with DeeJay Spinstyles

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

The Schwag: Grateful Dead Experience Tribute

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Lady D

5 p.m., the Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Kevin Mahogany

8:30 p.m., the Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Black Friday, Rat Salad

9 p.m., the Brick, 1727 McGee

Mr. Mojo Risin’: A Celebration of the Doors

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Jupiter & the Moons, Whales, Dark Matter Theory, High Ken

8 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main 

Tim Whitmer

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Steve Lambert Band

8:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Wonderfuzz

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd. 

David Wax Museum

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester 

The Belairs

8:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

The Architects, Black Calvin, Cantankerous

9:30 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Gnarly Davidson, Summer Salt, Maybe Not

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Shannon and the Rhythm King

9 p.m., B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Ida McBeth

8:30 p.m., the Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

Small Waves, Invisible World, Electric Orchids

9 p.m., the Brick, 1727 McGee

Truckstop Honeymoon, Heidi Lynne Gluck

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

The Irieplaceables Ska Orchestra

9 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main 

Beautiful Brother: A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield

7:30 p.m., Granada, 1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Molly Hammer Duo

2 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

OJT

6 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Max Groove Quartet

8:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Leading Average

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd.

The Belairs, with the Nace Brothers

8:30 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Found a Job (Talking Heads Tribute)

10 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Meglacoil, Fast Radio Burst, the Magic Johnson

9 p.m., MiniBar, 3810 Broadway

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker

3 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main

10 Years Indyground 

9:30 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

The Ants, Black Calvin, the Medicine Theory

10 p.m., Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence

Frances & the Foundation, Attic Light, Hungry Foxes

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand 

Mama Ray’s Jazz Meets Blues Jam

2 p.m., B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.

Levee Town

9 p.m., B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

The Good Life (above), Field Mouse, Jake Bellows

7 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Boulevard Big Band

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Ernest Melton Quartet

9:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Katy Guillen and the Girls

6:30 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

The Confessors

6 p.m., B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Jazz Disciples

7 p.m., the Blue Room, 1616 E. 18th St.

The 88er, X-Ray Mary, Four Arm Shiver

7:30 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main 

Max Groove Trio

4:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Crossroads Quartet

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

The Scars Heal in Time

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Together Pangea

7 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Mike Herrera Quartet

10:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Mac Miller

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway

Mignon Grabois

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Greasehouse Boogie Band

7 p.m., B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Broccoli Samurai

8 p.m., Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence

Jacob Farrett, Formlessness, Chess Club

8 p.m., Davey’s Uptown Ramblers Club, 3402 Main 

Natalie Bates Trio

5:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

OJT

9 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Julie Major Trio

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Walker Lukens

6 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Keelan Donovan

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand

Shinetop Jr.

7 p.m., B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St.