Top 4 shows: May 27-June 2
Friday: The humorous glam metal group Steel Panther returns for an 8 p.m. show at Val Air Ballroom, 301 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines. The band’s image pays tribute to the sex and drugs lifestyle of 80’s bands like Motley Crue, Steel Panther released its third album, “All You Can Eat,” last year. $30. Go to valairballroom.com.
Saturday: Ames musician Paul Doffing plays a release show for his album “Songs from the (quaking) Heart” at 8 p.m. at Bluestem, 3329 Lincoln Way, Ames. It will be Doffing’s final Ames show for a while, he’s about to hit the road, touring the world on a bicycle and playing music as he goes. Like Caine from “Kung Fu,” but with bikes and guitars instead of kicking. $10. Go to bluestemames.com.
Girls Rock! Pedal Jam
Sunday: Girls Rock! Des Moines hosts a Pedal Jam starting at 12:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Social Club, 900 Mulberry St. Fans bike to Confluence Brewery, Mullet’s and back to the Social Club, enjoying shows by Hot Lady Band, Patresa Hartman, Jenny Kohls and Mary McAdams, Ramona and the Slim Dudes, Peace, Love & Stuff, Sarah and the Meanies and headliner Caroline Smith at each stop. $30-$50. Go to girlsrockdsm.com.
Monday: Former “The Walking Dead” star Emily Kinney performs her own music at 7:30 p.m. at Wooly’s, 504 E. Locust St. Kinney is set to release her third album, “This is War,” in August. Kinney’s singing was featured multiple times on “The Walking Dead,” including covers of Tom Waits’ “Hold On” and Jimmy Cliff’s “Struggling Man.” Dylan Gardner and Adam Tressler open. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Go to woolysdm.com.