Yeezus hysteria has drowned out some of its hype, but Sunbather, the new album from San Francisco's Deafheaven, is one of the most critically acclaimed records of 2013. Black metal, post-rock and industrial hums converge and artfully cohere over the course of the one-hour, seven-song album. The show should appeal to fans of such bands as My Bloody Valentine and Godspeed You Black Emperor, as well as fans of dead-serious black metal — provided they can tolerate a larger-than-average indie-rock contingent in attendance.
Monday, July 8, at RecordBar (1020 Westport Road, 816-753-5207)
Marshall Tucker Band
Fun fact: There was never a member of the Marshall Tucker Band named Marshall Tucker. They never even had a guy with the last name of Marshall. Or Tucker. Marshall Tucker was the name of a blind piano tuner in their hometown of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Today, only singer Doug Gray remains from the original lineup, but he's probably enough to carry the band through soulful, breezy Southern-rock hits like "Heard It in a Love Song" (a song I thought was called "Purty Little Love Song" for roughly 15 years of my life) and "Can't You See."
Friday, July 5, at Crossroads KC at Grinders (417 East 18th Street, 785-749-3434)
Steve Earle & the Dukes
Steve Earle and his band, the Dukes, returned this year with a new record, The Low Highway. It's another quietly solid roots-rock effort from one of the best songwriters of our time. Here, Earle debuts these new songs alongside cuts from his 15-album back catalog of country-tinged rock gems.
Tuesday, July 9, at Crossroad KC at Grinders (417 East 18th Street, 785-749-3434)
John Mayer had to cancel his tour in support of 2012's Born and Raised in order to have throat surgery. But he's back on the road now, with a new album set to drop in August. It's called Paradise Valley, which sounds more like the name of a Jimmy Buffett or a Grateful Dead song than a John Mayer album. On it, he is reportedly moving in a more country direction, which could be an interesting look on Mayer and would certainly earn him some crossover dollars.
Wednesday, July 10, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400)
The Appleseed Cast, with the Life and Times, and Muscle Worship
The Appleseed Cast is one of only a handful of nationally visible bands from the KC-Lawrence area. Illumination Ritual, the latest from the emo turned post-rock group, is currently enjoying favorable reviews from mainstream-media outlets. The quartet toured out West this spring, and will be touring the rest of country for much of the rest of the summer, starting with this gig at the Riot Room. They're joined by the Life and Times and Muscle Worship, two other local acts that incorporate a lot of power and texture into their rock songs.
Tuesday, July 9, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)