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17 Concerts You Don't Want to Miss Around D.C. This Week

British musician Jessie J, one-third of the trio that brought us 2014 hit “Bang Bang,” released her latest album R.O.S.E. (an acronym for Realisations, Obsessions, Sex, and Empowerment) in four parts, saying “I feel everything so much more now than I’ve ever done before.” See the pop star with Ro James and Kiana Ledé at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $40. All ages, accessible venue.

Strokes-ish Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks comes to the 9:30 Club with Hurry Up. Doors 7 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24

Last year, L.A. rapper Duckwrth released an homage to the King of Pop that needs to be Track One on your evening commute playlist. See him with Nature Boi, Deem Spencer and G.L.A.M. at MilkBoy ArtHouse. Show 8 p.m. $14-$55. All ages, accessible venue.

The incredibly catchy 2016 track “Doctor Doctor” from Australian duo Oh Pep! explores an unplanned pregnancy with honesty and intensity, declaring “I know what I want/And it’s not what I need.” See the band at U Street Music Hall. Show 10:30 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25

Instrumental quintet WindSync embraces both classical and pop—and sings to boot. Catch them at Strathmore. Show 7:30 p.m. $30. All ages, accessible venue.

The eminently lipsync-able “Right Here Waiting” is certainly not the only hit from once-mulleted pop star Richard Marx: You can also wave your smartphone in the air to “Now and Forever,” “Endless Summer Nights” and more at City Winery. Shows 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $50-$65. All ages, accessible venue.

Electronic outfit Big Data, expected to release the new album 3.0 sometime soon, comes to Songbyrd with Castlecomer and Fitness. Doors 6:30 p.m. $18-$20. All ages, inaccessible venue.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Michael Cera is an endless fountain of losery gifs, a truth not lost on rapper Michael Christmas. In “Michael Cera” and tracks from 2018 album Role Model, the Boston artist tosses out constant references to pop culture—Beyonce, Hank Hill, Andre the Giant—in self-conscious, whimsical rap. See him with Vintage Lee and Jett Bailey at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $15-$50. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Reggae “shamanLee “Scratch” Perry performs 45-year-old album Blackboard Jungle Dub with Subatomic Sound System at Rock and Roll Hotel, with Thomas Blondet and Yola (Grand Ancestor) opening. Show 9 p.m. $25-$30. All ages, accessible venue.

Revisit the hits of Prince with the band that helped make them possible, The Revolution, at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $40. All ages, accessible venue.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

The music Look Vibrant serves up is anything but ordinary, taking unexpected harmonic, instrumental, and lyrical turns at any given moment. Case in point? “Cauliflower,” which weaves in and out of time, opts for unconventional scales and is so layered that it’s a bit of a magic-eye painting for the ear. See the Montreal-based band at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. FREE. ALL ages, inaccessible venue.

Nineties R&B star Keith Sweat—of “I Want Her,” “Nobody” and (lest we forget) “Be Your Santa Claus” fame—comes to The Theater at MGM National Harbor with Major. Show 8 p.m. $54-$80+. All ages, accessible venue.

If the recent fracas between alt-country singer-songwriter Ryan Adams and ex-wife Mandy Moore has got you down, turn to Ruston Kelly. The debut LP of the Nashville singer (and hubby of country star Kacey Musgraves) has already inspired comparisons to the Whiskeytown-frontman-now-solo-artist, and holds up against anything Adams has put out. See him with Katie Pruitt at Jammin Java. Show 8 p.m. $13.75-$26.75. All ages, accessible venue.

New York-based vocalist Svetlana, who grew up in Moscow, brings her breezy jazz sensibility to Twins Jazz with the New York Swing Collective. Shows 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. $15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28

Aussie dance-pop duo Kllo (whose latest single, “Potential,” pleasantly pairs Chloe Kaul’s understated vocals with a hip-hop beat) comes to Union Stage with Twin Jude. Show 8 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

As part of the Flash of the Spirit music festival, spotlighting international genres, Richmond band Yeni Nostalji brings its laid-back, old-school Turkish pop to Rhizome DC in a lineup with Matizwave and Time is Fire. Show 7:30 p.m. $10. All ages, inaccessible venue.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29

On Caleb Hawley‘s recent EP, Sex Tape (which was engineered to accompany the aforementioned activity), you can almost hear the drool as the Minneapolis-bred, Prince-esque vocalist covers Hot Chocolate’s “You Sexy Thing” and a very saucy version of Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” But it’s his rendition of Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” that somehow feels the most inspired. See him with Dopesmoothies at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $12-$14. All ages, inaccessible venue.

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