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

Dancing pop violinist and YouTube sensation Lindsey Stirling has forged a unique career with her unrivaled blend of cardio fiddling and notable collaborations with the likes of Pentatonix, John Legend and Evanescence. Stirling joins that last gothic pop-rock group at Jiffy Lube Live. (Show 7 p.m. $25-$199+. All ages, accessible venue.)

In "Charity," Aussie rock singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett tosses out lines such as, "Meditation just makes you more strung out; I wish you had a guru who told you to let it go" with a nonconventional approach to rhythm and meter. Her sophomore solo album Tell Me How You Really Feel has brought comparisons to Liz Phair and Bob Dylan, yet her biting candor and up-close vocals are distinctly her own. Catch her at The Anthem with Julien Baker and Vagabon. (Show 8 p.m. $40-$60. All ages, accessible venue.)


Fantastic Negrito is no stranger to adversity—he's had a near-death altercation with masked gunmen, abandoned music after the failure of his first album (under his given first name, Xavier), and went into a coma after a brutal car accident that left him with a severely damaged hand. Yet today, the blues-funk artist has a Grammy and an NPR Tiny Desk victory to his name. The reborn artist, who recently released Please Don't Be Dead, performs at Sixth & I with Oh He Dead. (Show 8 p.m. $20. All ages, accessible venue.)

He may have a Dylan McKay-esque eyebrow scar, but pop star Charlie Puth isn't leaving anytime soon. See the falsetto-wielding vocalist with actress-singer Hailee Steinfeld at Wolf Trap. (Show 8 p.m. $175. All ages, accessible venue.)

British post-punk band Echo & the Bunnymen joins "Blister in the Sun" folk-punk rockers Violent Femmes at The Anthem. (Doors 8 p.m. $55. All ages, accessible venue.)


In an episode of Song Exploder (a podcast where musicians whittle their songs down into their smallest components), Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of synth pop duo Sylvan Esso detail how a Little Tikes piano-xylophone became the inspiration for the 2014 song "Coffee." Hear them along with Moses Sumney at The Anthem. (Show 8 p.m. $40-$60. All ages, accessible venue.)

It's hard to believe that had Jackson Browne finished the second verse of "Take It Easy" (for which a corner in Winslow, Arizona, is dedicated) on his own, it might never have become a signature Eagles song. The band may be without its co-founder and original co-lead singer, the late Glenn Frey, but with Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit still in the lineup and two of the best-selling albums ever, it's definitely worth seeing live. Plus, did we mention acoustic pop god James Taylor is on the bill? Catch them both at Nationals Park and try to finally settle on which is more iconic: "Fire and Rain" or "Desperado". "Show 7 p.m. $69.50-$500. All ages, accessible venue."

Birds for Eyes, a local emo band with a classical bent, released a debut album early this year that's full of yearning and heartache. Hear them as part of a mostly local roster at Velvet Lounge with Alive/AloneSlow Fix and dc charges. D.C. noise rock band Taciturn headlines. (Show 8:30 p.m. $10. 18+, inaccessible venue.)


In case you've been living under a rock (which would be totally understandable for a whole hostof reasons) married megastars Beyonce and Jay-Z recently released their debut album as duo The Carters. Its lead single, "Apeshit," was co-written by Pharrell and features a high-speed rap by Beyonce. See the couple take FedEx Field (also performing Saturday) before they achieve world domination. (Show 7:30 p.m. $49-$350+. All ages, accessible venue.)

The country-tinged music of Nashville-based singer-songwriter Erin Rae has the power to induce the kind of full-body relaxation that only happens on the verge of sleep. Drink in her effortless vocals and understated guitar on songs such as "Wild Blue Wind" and "Bad Mind," a tune about confronting her sexuality. See her with Samuel Gregg at DC9. Show 7:30 p.m. $12-$14. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Southern rock band Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, which emerged from the wreckage of '90s alt-rock band The Refreshments (famous for that song about how "the world is full of stupid people"), plays The State Theatre with Andrew Leahey & the Homestead. (Show 9 p.m. $15-$18. 18+ unless accompanied by parent, accessible venue.)


It's been suggested that Grammy-winning Tinariwen, a group that originated in Mali, might be one of the "greatest bands on Earth." Fall into the trance of the guitar-driven band at the Warner Theatre. (Show 8 p.m. $23-$53+. All ages, accessible venue.)

Kesha has had a major renaissance of late, gaining traction for music that focuses on subjects a bit more consequential than errrbody getting crunk, crunk. See the pop star on tour with Grammy-winning rapper Macklemore at Jiffy Lube Live with Wes Period. (Show 7 p.m. $23-$140+. All ages, accessible venue.)


No, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino isn't the latest Donald Trump venture—it's the latest album from Arctic Monkeys, on which you'd swear David Bowie was reincarnated as lead singer Alex Turner. Judge for yourself at The Anthem, with Mini Mansions. (And hurry because Saturday's show is sold out.) (Show 8 p.m. $55-$75. All ages, accessible venue.)

If you've always wanted to attend a Warped Tour, it's now or never. Vans Warped Tour '18 is the final national run for the legendary music festival, says founder Kevin Lyman. Catch the show, featuring Reel Big Fish and Simple Plan, at Merriweather Post Pavilion. (Doors 11 a.m. $45. All ages.)


Pissed off and need a song to mirror your mood? Play "Into Shreds" by Falls Church rock band Koshari, featuring the Chrissie Hynde-like vocals of Barb Western. The band plays Fort Reno with Wolves of the Dry Ravine and The Effects. (Show 7 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.)

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