The new Dan Deacon album, America, is a fuzzy blast of electronic music, which is no huge surprise. But it's also a step forward both sonically and thematically for Deacon, the breakout star of Wham City, a Baltimore collective of party-throwing art freaks. There are classical influences stitched into the EDM on America, plus moments that sound like a Laurie Anderson record. It also contains a four-act, 20-minute suite called "USA" that is far more serious than, say, his debut album, which was called Spiderman of the Rings. Happily, Deacon's goofball charisma and performative populism — he often sets up in the crowd instead of onstage, and dance circles are not uncommon — have remained intact.
Friday, November 2, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)
Franz Nicolay lasted five years as keyboardist in hyper American bar band the Hold Steady before quitting the group to chase his old-world vaudevillian muses. He has since released three solo records of the theatrical gypsy-rock variety, the latest being this year's Do the Struggle. Nicolay's sonic aesthetic is miles from the Hold Steady's, but he shares with former bandmate Craig Finn an urgent stage manner and a knack for clever, specific storytelling.
Sunday, November 4, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
Rockabilly is Rosie Flores' calling card — it's easy to confuse her with Wanda Jackson, who, at 75, is about a decade her senior — but she's hardly confined to the genre. On her latest Bloodshot release, Working Girl's Guitar, she tools around with shitkicker honky-tonk, western swings and bluesy ballads. If it's in any way rootsy, Flores knows her way around it.
Thursday, November 1, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
I've always thought of Regina Spektor as the Norah Jones of indie rock, but that's not really fair to either of them. For one, Spektor doesn't play indie rock; her fans just tend to be indie-rock types. Spektor instead plays oddball piano pop, accentuated by the bipolar — and sometimes excessively cute — vocal curlicues that are her trademark. Expect songs from her latest, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats, which arrived back in May.
Wednesday, November 7, at the Music Hall (301 West 13th Street, 800-745-3000)
David Bazan Band
When Christian-ish indie-rock band Pedro the Lion dissolved a half-decade ago, frontman David Bazan went solo and secular. He hasn't completely left the past behind, though. On his current tour, he's performing Pedro's 2002 concept album, Control, in its entirety, with his new band.
Monday, November 5, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
Johnson County Community College hosts an intimate one-man show with the former Fleetwood Mac singer and iconic guitarist — no picks! — Lindsey Buckingham. Expect songs from Buckingham's most recent solo effort, Seeds We Sow, plus a smattering of Mac classics — and, if there is a God, a performance of his solo hit "Trouble," one of the greatest songs of the 1980s.
Sunday, November 4, Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College (12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, 913-469-4445)
Apocalypse Meow 5
Now five years in, this Midwest Music Foundation event aims to secure funds for uninsured musicians working in the Kansas City area. It's a two-night affair. The 7 p.m. show Friday, featuring Dead Voices and Tiny Horse at Midwestern Musical Co., is all-ages and free. Saturday night at the Beaumont, admission is $10, but you get a broad sampling of local music that includes Deco Auto, the Empty Spaces, the Blue Boot Heelers, Cadillac Flambe and the Architects.
Friday, November 2, at the Midwestern Musical Co. (1830 Locust, 816-931-6962) and Saturday, November 3, at the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560)
The Helio Sequence
The Helio Sequence is about as standard-issue as indie-rock gets, with its Pacific Northwest roots; Sub Pop affiliation; and gray, reverby, midtempo songs. This is the part where I crack a joke about sawing logs, but there's something about this band's sound that I really dial into. Keep Your Eyes Ahead, from 2008, is an album I find myself returning to again and again when my iTunes collection fails to excite me. Its latest, Negotiations, is maybe a little dreamier and more produced but basically has more of those same lovely, melodic vibes.
Thursday, November 1, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)