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Top Shows: The Gaslight Anthem, Big K.R.I.T., Fiona Apple

Slipknot

O.A.R.

The Gaslight Anthem

Big K.R.I.T. Andrew Zaeh

Fiona Apple.

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The Gaslight Anthem

Thursday The Bottleneck

After receiving significant exposure on radio and television, enviable slots as an opening act on high-profile tours and copious critical praise, it’s confounding that the Gaslight Anthem is still playing relatively small taverns like the Bottleneck. The New Jersey-based band conducts an authentic rock ’n’ roll revival at all of its sweat-soaked shows. The Gaslight Anthem’s inability to garner a wider audience will make Thursday’s intimate show a night to remember for a few hundred fortunate fans. Philadelphia’s Dave Hause, a ragged but righteous punk veteran, opens the show.

Tickets are $20 in advance. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

O.A.R.

Saturday Crossroads KC

O.A.R. has provided the background music at countless keggers during the past decade. A favorite among members of fraternities and suburban high school students, O.A.R.’s mellow but danceable folk-rock serves as an intriguing but unobtrusive soundtrack for socializing. The Maryland-based act’s enormous debt to the Dave Mathews Band can’t be ignored, but O.A.R.’s relaxed approach dispels negativity. The sunny reggae of Rebelution is similarly mesmerizing. The Southern California band will delight fans of the like-minded Matisyahu in its opening set.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. concert are $35 and $50.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Big K.R.I.T.

Monday Granada Theater

It’s difficult to discern if the acclaim that has greeted the release of Big K.R.I.T.’s new “Live From the Underground” album is rooted in the 25-year-old’s skills as a rapper or in gratitude for his ability to fill the void that has decimated Southern hip-hop. Since Atlanta’s Outkast went on a frustrating sabbatical and Pimp C of Houston’s UGK died in 2007, the genre’s fans have been aching for a fresh voice to articulate the gritty and unhurried sound of the Dirty South. Mississippi’s Big K.R.I.T scratches that funky itch. Casey Veggies, a former member of the Odd Future collective, and Big K.R.I.T. associate Big Sant are also on the bill.

Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $15 in advance and $17 at the door.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

Mayhem Festival

Tuesday Cricket Wireless Amphitheater

The 2012 edition of the annual Mayhem Festival isn’t just the biggest and meanest heavy metal tour of the year. It’s also the ugliest. Perhaps no act is more visually fearsome than Slipknot. The festival marks the masked Iowa-based band’s first area appearance since the 2010 death of bassist Paul Gray. The notoriously frightful visage of Lemmy Kilmister will surface with Motorhead on the main stage. The other fearsome acts performing at the daylong event — including metal giants Slayer and Anthrax — didn’t achieve success based on their looks.

Tickets to the festival range from $22 to $42. VIP packages and discounted lawn four-packs are also available. Music begins at 1:30 p.m.

Bill Brownlee, Special to Ink

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