Run the Jewels, Lydia Loveless, Gaelynn Lea lead your concert week

Run the Jewels

Hip-hop is young enough that plenty of the genre’s godfathers are still kicking. Some are even still creating — quite a feat, considering how hip-hop has evolved since the 1970s. Take, for example, El-P and Killer Mike, two rappers who saw a fair share of success during hip-hop’s late-’90s golden age. Today, these two over-40 MCs make up the critically successful Run the Jewels. Some old-school values shine through on the duo’s latest album, Run the Jewels 3, replete with dizzying wordplay and complex rhymes. The lyrics are cynical and smart; you find yourself licking deep wounds long after the verses are over. Don’t miss these two vets Monday at the Midland. Gaslamp Killer, Gangsta Boo, Nick Hook and Cuz are also on deck for the evening. 

8 p.m. Monday, February 13, at the Midland, 1228 Main



Gaelynn Lea

Gaelynn Lea possesses a surreal talent for the violin, coaxing from it, with haunting precision, the saddest melody or the most joyful chords. She uses a looping pedal to layer sounds atop one another — a technique she picked up from fellow Duluth, Minnesota, native Alan Sparhawk of Low. But that’s not her only unusual application of the instrument. Lea has a congenital disorder known as brittle-bone disease, which impairs sight and height and causes loose joints; her body is slight, and she plays the violin as an average-sized person would play the cello. Lea’s story gained a national audience last year when she was announced as the winner of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest, for which she played an aching love song called “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun.” This weekend, Lea stops in both Kansas City and Lawrence. Folk singer Bella Hardy opens both shows. 

7 p.m. Saturday, February 11, at the Tank Room, 1813 Grand

5 p.m. Sunday, February 12, at the Replay Lounge, 946 Massachusetts, Lawrence



Lydia Loveless

There’s something that rings true about Lydia Loveless. Maybe it’s the huskiness of her voice, which always seems to suggest that she’s just chased a big gulp of bourbon with a long drag of a cigarette. Maybe it’s that, at 26 years old and four albums into her career, she somehow seems unaffected by the pressures of the industry. Her latest release, 2016’s Real, finds her sticking to what she does best — which, fortunately, is a mixed bag. Spirited, punk-tinged rock songs (“Midwestern Guys”) come interspersed with twangy, sad-eyed ballads (“European”), adding up to an album full of pleasant surprises. Loveless often garners comparisons to Stevie Nicks, and the sonic similarities are easy enough to hear. But she also shares with the Fleetwood Mac goddess a knack for tapping into a nearly universal appeal. Real might not have taken her from indie darling to the Billboard Top 10, but the day doesn’t seem far off. Find Miss Loveless at the Bottleneck on the eve of Valentine’s Day, with Angelica Garcia opening the night.

8 p.m. Monday, February 13, at the Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire, Lawrence


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9 

John Paul’s Flying Circus 

7:30 p.m., B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1205 E. 85th St. 

Young Bull, Le Grand, Godzillionaire, Feast of Fools 

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

Big Smo 

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

Guitar Elation 

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

Cartwright, Clark & Strait 

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

Cash O’Riley 

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester 

Blood Tide, Some Kind of Nightmare, King Slug 

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

Soft Leather with mikeQ 

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway 


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 

DC Bellamy Band 

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

Leopold and His Fiction, High Up, Til Willis and Erratic Cowboy 

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

Leering Heathens, Drew Black and the Dirty Electric, Vehicles 

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

Vibe Street 

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

Fondren & Cartwright 

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

Tim Whitmer Quartet 

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

Molly Hammer Quartet 

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

Boogaloo 7 

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

Wonderfuzz 

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport 

Davy Knowles and Anthony Gomes 

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

Kelley Hunt 

7 p.m., Liberty Hall, 644 Massachusetts, Lawrence 

Bad Ideas (above), Faultfinder, Lovergurl 

9 p.m., MiniBar, 3810 Broadway 

Afentra’s VD Party with K.Flay, LOLO and more 

8 p.m., Midland, 1228 Main 

Sound Machine Series, Jaenki, Pink Royal 

7 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand 

The Ovaries-eez, Philosophy of Lions 

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

Arc Flash, Karen Meat, Anthony, Grim Repeater 

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

Mayhem 

8 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway 

Mime Game, Champagne Campaign, more 

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand 


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 

Mama Ray’s Jazz Meets Blues Jam 

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

Shannon and the Rhythm King 

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

MidCoast Takeover Fundraiser with Me Like Bees, Verbose, Something and the Whatevers, Nicholas St. James 

9 p.m., the Brick, 1727 McGee 

Thunderkat 

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

Split Lip Rayfield, County Graves, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, more 

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

The Schwag 

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

Pieces of a Dream 

8 p.m., Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. 

Bowman, Wilder, Kizilarmut, Villinger & Otto 

2:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand 

OJT 

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

Alex Abramovitz Quintet 

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

Twice on Sunday 

10 p.m., Kelly’s, 500 Westport Rd. 

Candy Coburn 

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester 

Tracy Nelson & the Belairs 

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

The New Riddim, Page 7 

9 p.m., MiniBar, 3810 Broadway 

Susto, Cereus Bright, Spencer MacKenzie Brown 

8 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand

Vigil & Thieves, Left E. Grove, more

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

Marduk

7:30 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Avant & Tank

8 p.m., Uptown, 3700 Broadway


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

The Confessors 

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

Kathleen Holeman Trio

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

Steve Lambert Quintet

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

Wayne Hancock with the Chicago Farmer

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

InVogue Records: Unplugged Tour

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Shawn Maxwell

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand



MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Rod Fleeman and Sophia Motta

Noon, Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Matt Hopper Trio

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

Steve Martin Trio

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

Soul Sessions

7 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand 

Brandon Estelle

6 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway



TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Brandon Hudspeth, Jaisson Taylor

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

Brothers Gow, Gravy

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

Chris Hazelton Trio

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

Perkins, Spaits & Strait

11:30 p.m., Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand

Robbie Fulks

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Mike Doughty

7 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand 

Heartbreakers Ball

6 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Shinetop Jr.

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

Schwervon, the Fem Doms, Blondi Brunetti

9 p.m., the Brick, 1727 McGee 

OJT

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

Ernest Melton Quartet

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

Eric Johnson

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Gravy 

8 p.m., Knuckleheads, 2517 Rochester

Bob Walkenhorst & Friends

6 p.m., RecordBar, 1520 Grand 

Wink Burcham, Playing for Horses

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

Dorothy

7 p.m., Riot Room, 4048 Broadway

Mutlu, with Jessica Paige

7 p.m., Tank Room, 1813 Grand