TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Portland rapper Amine makes music that’s insightful, highly danceable, and extremely funny, with references to Will Ferrell, The Spice Girls, and Groupons. Catch him at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $24-$35. All ages, accessible venue.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
What can 10-time Grammy winner John Legend not do? Thus far, he has portrayed the anointed one in NBC’s live version of Jesus Christ Superstar, joined the EGOT club, become one of the nation’s most popular R&B crooners and serves as one half of America’s most attractive couples. Inhale some of his stardust at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. Show 8 p.m. $99-$208+. All ages, accessible venue.
Kansas City, Missouri, band Shy Boys may be relatively young, but they definitely have a late ’60s/early ’70s vibe, sometimes veering toward chamber pop and other times borrowing a Velvet Underground vibe. See them at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $10-$12. All ages, inaccessible venue.
Shawn Colvin is coming to The Birchmere this week.Joseph Llanes
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Sure, plenty of listeners know “Sunny Came Home,” Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-winning 1997 pop song with one of those orbital hooks that’s hard to scrub from the mind. But the South Dakota-bred singer-songwriter (whose 2012 memoir is a must-read) has a deep catalogue of emotionally raw songs to dig into. Catch her at The Birchmere. Show 7:30 p.m. $55. All ages, accessible venue.
Rapper and Kylie Jenner beau Travis Scott, who’s had 5 Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 songs since 2017 (gotta love his horse-riding entrance at 1:04 in monster hit “Sicko Mode”), comes to Capital One Arena. Show 7:30 p.m. $39-$124+. All ages, accessible venue.
“How would you know you had a heart if it wasn’t broken?” asks singer-songwriter Sunny War in a song from her 2018 album, With the Sun. The artist turns to Joan Armatrading and Tracy Chapman for inspiration, influences clearly evident in her vocal approach. See her at The Kennedy Center. Show 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.
Brian Setzer Orchestra comes to The Anthem this week.Greg Hild
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Let The Brian Setzer Orchestra transport you back to the late-’90s swing revival celebrated in films such as Swingers (home to one of cinema’s most painful scenes) at The Anthem with a set of holiday hits. Show 8 p.m. $55-$125. All ages, accessible venue.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1
Despite her doting-and-dutiful-sounding moniker, lo-fi indie rock star Soccer Mommy (Sophie Allison) has a reputation for music that is confrontational and bleak. In short, she’s fresh as hell. Catch her at Black Cat. Doors 8 p.m. $15-$17. All ages, accessible venue.
Sterling, Virginia, funk and soul outfit Electric Heart comes to Pie Shop. Show 9 p.m. $10. 21+, inaccessible venue.
Pentatonix brings their Christmas concert to The Anthem.The Anthem
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Arguably America’s best-known a cappella quintet Pentatonix holds down The Anthem for not one but two nights. (P.S. Is Mitch singlehandedly bringing back the mullet? [Wait, they’ve been back for months?!]) Show 7 p.m. $59.50-$149.50. All ages, accessible venue.
Late ’80s/early ’90s pop icon Paula Abdul, who recently took a spill at a Mississippi show, comes to The Theater at MGM National Harbor. For some pre-concert homework, consult this list, which includes everyone’s favorite OMG-Keanu-Reeves-is-in-this-video ballad “Rush Rush.” Show 8 p.m. $54-90+. All ages, accessible venue.
The Internet comes to the Fillmore this week.The Fillmore
MONDAY, DECEMBER 3