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

To effectively slough off midweek malaise (as well as election-induced anxiety), listen to Yaeji’s “raingurl” on repeat. The Brooklyn-based artist has gained traction this year for her transcendent, ultra-cool house music—plus, she apparently throws a memorable party. See her with NK Badtz Maru and Katrina Mir at Black Cat. Doors 7:30 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.

Led by South African vocalist Jean-Philip Grobler, New York band St. Lucia crafts electro-pop that’s sonically an homage to synthy ’80s pop and yet distinctively new. See them with SHAED and The Colonies at 9:30 Club. Doors 7 p.m. $32.50. All ages, accessible venue.

Tenacious DThe Anthem


“This is the greatest and best song in the world,” sings Jack Black on Tenacious D’s “Tribute.” And it clearly is. (Name one other song in which an a cappella scat duet segues to a drum fill and electric-guitar solo.) The comedy rock duo comes to The Anthem with Wynchester. Show 8 p.m. $55-$95. All ages, accessible venue.

Australian psychedelic rock band Pond, who has shared some members with (and been subjected to unfavorable comparisons to) fellow Aussie band Tame Impala, comes to Black Cat with Juan Wauters. Doors 7:30 p.m. $18-$20. All ages, accessible venue.


Yes, we are all quite familiar with the lyrically befuddling and omnipresent early-’80s pop song known as “Africa,” so let’s not waste space on that one. (OK, if you must, read this.) Toto’s list of hits is deep, such as rock anthem “Hold the Line” (check out the run at 1:12), “Rosanna,” “Georgy Porgy” and already-great-ballad-made-exponentially-better-by-Michael-McDonald “I’ll Be Over You.” See them at the Warner Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $43-$73. All ages, accessible venue.

DK3, the evolution of onetime pop quintet Danity Kane, has reunited for a tour that will feature the group’s tunes as well as the remaining members’ other music projects, Dumblonde and DAWN, at the Howard Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $35-$65. All ages, accessible venue.

Lake Street DiveThe Anthem


Roots rock and soul band Lake Street Dive, founded in 2004 by New England Conservatory of Music students, comes to The Anthem with Jalen N’Gonda. Show 8 p.m. $45-$75. All ages, accessible venue.

Dutch producer San Holo—who brought us club banger “Light” in 2016—hits  Echostage with Said the Sky, BAYNK, Taska Black and The Nicholas. Show 9 p.m. $25. 18+.

On the recently re-released debut album from Jess Sah Bi & Peter One, Our Garden Needs its Flowers, unadulterated country-western seamlessly melds with traditional styles from the duo’s native Ivory Coast. Catch their socially conscious music in a lineup with Greg Jamie and Twin Jude at Rhizome DC. Show 8 p.m. $15 suggested. All ages, inaccessible venue.


British synth pop outfit Pale Waves recently dropped its debut LP, featuring the addictive “There’s a Honey” and “Television Romance.” See them, and their Goth Talk-worthy style, with Miya Folick and The Candescents at U Street Music Hall. Show 7 p.m. $18. All ages, accessible venue.

“I’m alright. I’ve got TV, beer, and FaceTime. It helps me hide from the bullshit that’s my real life.” Yeah. To hear more where that came from, catch lo-fi rock band Golf Lexapro with Dolly Spartans at Songbyrd. Show 9 p.m. FREE. All ages, inaccessible venue.

L.A.-based disco/funk band Orgone comes to Gypsy Sally’s with BENCOOLEN. Show 9 p.m. $15-$18. 21+. Accessible venue.

6LACKThe Anthem


Grammy-nominated hip-hop/alt-R&B singer (and former battle rapper) 6LACK comes to The Anthem with Summer Walker and Deante Hitchcock. Show 8 p.m. $40-$129. All ages, accessible venue.

It’s impossible to imagine the opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada underscored by anything but KT Tunstall’s “Suddenly I See.” (Eesh, what if Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” or Gaga’s “Born This Way” had been selected?) Catch the Scottish pop artist with Maddie Ross at Union Stage. Show 7:30 p.m. $35-$99. All ages, accessible venue.

North Carolina singer-songwriter Tyler Ramsey, formerly of rock group Band of Horses, crafts arresting contemporary folk rock. See him with Rookin at Jammin Java. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, accessible venue.

The 369th ExperienceThe 369th Experience


The 369th Experience honors the 369th Infantry Regiment that fought during World War I—an African-American regiment also known as the “Harlem Hellfighters.” Hear the specially formed student band’s blend of ragtime and jazz at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Show 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

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