Elvis Birthday Bash
Had he not died on a toilet eating a peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich 35 years ago, Elvis Presley would have turned 78 on January 8 this year. He has been dead so long that 78 actually sounds kind of young to me; I doubt that I would have blinked if I was told he would have turned 100 this year. Nevertheless, because there are enough people still alive who are obsessed with the King, events celebrating his birthday persist. This weekend, there are two: one Friday at RecordBar, with impersonators Rich Vickers and Jeff Bergen, and one Saturday at Knuckleheads, with doppelgängers E-Rock, Frank Werth and Vickers.
Friday, January 4, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
Saturday, January 5, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
At the Left Hand of God
Kansas City has its fair share of bands with hilarious metal names — Hammerlord, Koktopus — but none approach the epic ring of At the Left Hand of God. The thrash crew's 2012 album, Bayonets and Tourniquets, is about as bruising as its title suggests. They're joined on this bill by fellow brutalists Trogdolyte, Moire and Sequoia.
Friday, January 4, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
Father John Misty
The best indie-rock breakout story of 2012 was Josh Tillman's, who quit his gig drumming for Fleet Foxes, moved to Los Angeles, and released an album under the name Father John Misty. That album, Fear Fun, climbed onto a lot of year-end lists, and deservedly so — it's full of smart, psych-tinged, alt-country songs with sticky melodies. He also gets points for his next-level stage presence, which is intense in a Neil-Diamond-on-peyote type of way.
Monday, January 7, at the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, Lawrence, 785-841-5483)