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15 Concerts You Don't Want To Miss Around D.C. This Week


Grammy-nominated D.C.-based artist Carolyn Malachi brings her effortless, jazz-infused R&Bto City Winery, with BOOMscat opening. Show 8 p.m. $25-$35. All ages, accessible venue.

New York-based hip-hop collective 88rising—which features artists from Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, China, and Los Angeles—dropped an album earlier this year, including the sun-drenched "Midsummer Madness." Catch their tour at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Show 7 p.m. $25-54+. All ages, accessible venue.


Who is Nnamdi Ogbonnaya? A Chicago rapper and singer who embraces the weird and has "Muppet-like energy." Ogbonnaya begins spewing lyrics the second "let gO Of my egO" (off 2017 album Drool) starts and doesn't let up until the three-minute theme park ride of a song is finished. Catch him with Options and Seasaw at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Kali Uchis may have abandoned the D.C. area for L.A. a few years back, but we'll just let that go. In new album Isolation, Uchis goes from retro soul to synth pop to contemporary R&B and throws in her first entirely Spanish-language tune. See her with Gabriel Garzon-Montano at the 9:30 Club (Sold out Tuesday). Doors 7 p.m. $40. All ages, accessible venue.

The ubiquitous Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (who scored The Social NetworkGone Girl, Ken Burns' The Vietnam War and are members of a little band known as Nine Inch Nails) bring their legendary industrial rock group to The Anthem with The Jesus and Mary Chain and Kite Base(Nearly sold out Tuesday). Show 7:30 p.m. $95-$175. All ages, accessible venue


British singer-songwriter Ben Howard, who recently released Noonday Dream (featuring the elegant if fatalistic "Nica Libres at Dusk"), comes to The Anthem with Wye Oak (Check out "Spiral," which may make your brain explode the first time you hear it). Show 8 p.m. $45-$75. All ages, accessible venue.

One of the best listening moments in alt-country history comes about 28 seconds into The Jayhawks' "Blue," as drums unexpectedly enter mid-verse in a heartily satisfying way. See the longtime Minneapolis-based band at The Birchmere, touring in support of their 10th studio album, Back Roads and Abandoned Motels. Show 7:30 p.m. $39.50. All ages, accessible venue.


"I don't need to scream to get my point across/ I don't need to yell to know that I'm the boss," sings Molly Burch on an understated ode to female empowerment, "To The Boys." See the Austin, Texas, musician with Olden Yolk at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages, inaccessible venue.

"Rock Steady" was already a great-enough jam on its own, but street vendor and musician Royal Height took it to new heights (sorry, had to) with his presidential edition, "Barack Steady." See the band that released the original in 1987, soul and funk legends The Whispers at the Birchmere (also performing Saturday). Show 7:30 p.m. $75. All ages, accessible venue.


It seems like only yesterday that Dizzy Up the Girl was an in-demand album, with "Iris" popping up in a Meg Ryan movie, back when Ryan was the be-all, end-all of romantic female leads. But, yeah, that was 20 years ago already. Thankfully the Goo Goo Dolls are ready to revisit their most successful album (which also included "Slide" and "Black Balloon"), along with some more recent material, at The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $50-$95. All ages, accessible venue.

As part of an extended grand opening of D.C.'s new Entertainment and Sports Arena, alt-rock band Cage the Elephant (led by Kentucky-bred brothers Matt and Brad Shultz, who left the struggles of their Kentucky hometown behind early in their career) shares a bill with Judah & the Lion. Show 8 p.m. $45. All ages, accessible venue.

Southern rock darling and prolific songwriter Chris Stapleton (whom we'll forgive for his innocuous duet with Justin Timberlake earlier this year) comes to Jiffy Lube Live with Marty Stuart and Brent Cobb. Show 7 p.m. $34-$89+. All ages, accessible venue.


"You wouldn't like me if you saw what was inside me," sings Elizabeth Stokes in a track from The Beths' first LP, Future Me Hates Me. Yet it's pretty hard not to like this New Zealand foursome, whose music injects upbeat, pop-rock with a healthy sense of humor. See them with Nowadays at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Rachelle Ferrell, who spent years singing backup for the likes of Vanessa Williams, Patti LaBelle, and Lou Rawls, is certainly a dynamic artist in her own right, with a voice that can do just about anything. (And let's not forget her piano chops.) Catch the last night of her four-night stay at Blues Alley. Shows 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. $70. All ages, inaccessible venue.


In Mikaela Davis' hands, the harp is hip. On her soaring debut album, Delivery, the singer-songwriter and classically trained harpist serves up a collection of songs that are part pop, part folk rock and each wholly different from the next. Catch her with Vanessa Peters at DC9. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

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