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


Catch ubiquitous pop group Maroon 5, recently handed one of the industry's top opportunities, at Capital One Arena with vocalist Julia Michaels, who's no slouch when it comes to songwriting. Show 7:30 p.m. $99-$224+. All ages, accessible venue.

Rock anthem "Sweet Child o' Mine" totally works as an acoustic arrangement, though a little tambourine or cabasa would be welcome. See Slash, the virtuosic guitar god who made it famous, in concert with album mates Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators, with Stone Horsesopening, at The Fillmore. And yes, his recent reunion with Guns N' Roses appears to be going well. Show 8 p.m. $60. All ages, accessible venue.


With his career still in its nascency, throwback soul artist Leon Bridges has managed to perform at The White House, release two albums and land two Grammy nominations. See the Texas-bred musician with Khruangbin at The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $55-$75. All ages, accessible venue.

Fans of Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed need to know Nicholas Merz, a Seattle-based singer-songwriter and member of experimental rock group Darto whose 2018 album The Limits of Men confronts "vile sexism and toxic masculinity." See Merz in a lineup with Evan Jewett and Mr. Solo aka Cru Crude at Rhizome DC. Show 8 p.m. $10. All ages, inaccessible venue.


Australian musician Troye Sivan has been called the "perfect pop star for 2018," an apt description for an artist who discussed his sexuality on YouTube, recently released the sensual and ridiculously catchy dance-pop album Bloom, and appears in gay-conversion drama Boy Erased. See the artist with Kim Petras and Leland at The Anthem. Show 7:30 p.m. $48.50-$75. All ages, accessible venue.

"I write my life hour to hour, unsorted as ever," sings Philadelphia rock band Church Girls in "Black Seas." Hear that and other tracks from 2018 EP Home when they share the stage with Jacuzzi Suit and Frass Green at Velvet Lounge. Show 8:30 p.m. $10. 18+, inaccessible venue.

It may seem blasphemous to declare a cover version of Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" better than the original, but it must be done. There's a good chance you'll hear Maxwell sing it live in a show sure to display his mastery of both R&B and retro soul, with Marsha Ambrosius, at The Theater at MGM National Harbor (also performing Friday). Show 8 p.m. $90-$150+. All ages, accessible venue.


You may have missed her brilliant debut album, Youth Novels, back in 2008, or her participation in supergroup Liv, but Swedish musician Lykke Li remains one to watch. The artist brings a new album and a new sound to The Lincoln Theatre, with TiRon & Ayomari. Show 8 p.m. $41. All ages, accessible venue.

"Furr," a song by folk-tinged rock band Blitzen Trapper, may have been released a mere decade ago but both its lyrical content ("And now my fur has turned to skin/And I've been quickly ushered in/To a world that I confess I do not know") and arrangement make it wise beyond its years. At Rock and Roll Hotel, the Portland, Oregon, band celebrates the 10th anniversary of the album from whence it came. Show 8 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.

Grammy-winning conscious hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco, who in 2010 taught the world that Modest Mouse licks are ripe for hip-hop samples, comes to the 9:30 Club with Nikki JeanBilly BlueMickey Factz and Dayne Jordan. Doors 8 p.m. $30. All ages, accessible venue.


Their Friday night show may be sold out, but Florence and the Machine will also perform their full-throated art rock on Saturday, with Beth Ditto, at The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $104.50-$179.50. All ages, accessible venue.

The fifth annual All Things Go Fall Classic runs this weekend at Union Market. The fest kicks off with an all-female lineup on Saturday curated by Maggie Rogers and Lizzy Plapinger (LPX), featuring Billie EilishJessie ReyezRavyn Lenae, Kaye and more. (The festival continues Sunday with Carly Rae JepsenMisterWivesBetty Who and others.) Doors noon. $65. All ages, accessible venue.


He's been chided for the light-rock latter days of his career, but any hard-core Phil Collins fan knows that the UK singer-drummer can craft a great jam. "In the Air Tonight." "Sussudio." And don't underestimate "Easy Lover." The hits simply cannot fit within the word count restraints herein, but rest assured each one is worth a listen. See him on his post-retirement Not Dead Yet Tour at Capital One Arena. Show 8 p.m. $117-$275+. All ages, accessible venue.

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more effective a cappella rock opener (oh wait, here's one) than the first line of Papa Roach's "Last Resort." The California hard rock band has continued to release a steady stream of albums since 2000's Infest, including 2017's Crooked Teeth(home to Imagine Dragons-esque track "Born for Greatness"). See them with Of Mice and Menand Lil Lotus at The Fillmore. Show 7:30 p.m. $39-$58. All ages, accessible venue.

British duo Honne lights up 9:30 Club with its exhilarating electro pop, with Hablot Brownopening. Show 7 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.


Grammy-nominated son cubano ensemble El Septeto Santiaguero comes to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Show 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

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