Weekend, with Disappears
Not to be confused with the arty Canadian R&B act the Weeknd, the Brooklyn-via-San Francisco group Weekend traffics in dark post-punk with some big-tent aspirations — it's morose but not shy. Chicago's Disappears is led by Brian Case, better known for his work in the Ponys and 90 Day Men. You can hear a little of the Ponys' garage scuzz in Disappears, but it's buried beneath hazier stuff: Krautrock, shoegaze and ambient drones.
Thursday, September 19, at the Replay Lounge (946 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-749-7676)
Mumford & Sons
Nineties revivalists (the 1890s) Mumford & Sons disappointed several thousand local fans earlier this summer when it postponed its June show due to member Ted Dwane's emergency surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain. The chart-topping British folkies return for their rain check Friday. Tickets are sold out, but you can likely still score some on Craigslist, StubHub and the like.
Friday, September 20, at Cricket Wireless Amphitheater (633 North 130th Street, Bonner Springs, 913-721-3400)
Sail Rock 2013
Yacht rock has reached a cultural benchmark: The genre's minor acts are now buddying up and hitting the road together for memory-lane tours. Christopher Cross ("Ride Like the Wind"; the theme song to Arthur) is the headliner on this outing. Supporting him are Orleans ("Still the One," "Dance With Me"), Gary Wright ("Dream Weaver") and Firefall ("You Are the Woman," "Just Remember I Love You").
Saturday, September 21, at Starlight Theatre (4600 Starlight Road, 816-363-7827)
One of the more interesting stories in the world of punk last year was Against Me bandleader Thomas James Gabel's coming out as a transsexual woman. Gabel now goes by Laura Jane Grace and is undergoing hormone-replacement therapy (her ferocious voice will be unaffected), and Against Me is expected to release its new album — the aptly named Transgender Dysphoria Blues — later this year. If it's anything like the wordy, anthemic punk of the group's previous output, sign me up.
Friday, September 20, at the Riot Room (4048 Broadway, 816-442-8179)
A quiet breed of folk icon, David Bromberg collaborated with some of the greats in the 1960s and '70s: Dylan, the Dead, George Harrison. In the '80s, he quit touring and recording in order to study violin making. He has since returned to the biz and releases occasional albums, like 2011's Use Me (which featured appearances by Levon Helm, Los Lobos and John Hiatt) and his new roots-blues album, Only Slightly Mad. He'll be appearing as a solo act at this Knuckleheads show.
Saturday, September 21, at Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester, 816-483-1456)
Rancid's hooky, fuck-you ska punk still sounds pretty energized 20 years along. Tim Armstrong and Co.'s last album was 2009's Let the Dominoes Fall, but they've got a new one slated for next year and will likely be previewing some of that material — and playing old chestnuts like "Time Bomb" and "Ruby Soho" — at this show.
Saturday, September 21, at the Granada (1020 Massachusetts, Lawrence, 785-842-1390)