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


Candy-coated UK dance pop group Fickle Friends, who once had a touring van named SuBonamed after Susan Boyle, comes to DC9, with Lavender. Show 8 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

There's also a bit of a dance party happening at Union Stage with young producer SG Lewis(check out the sun-dappled video to 2018 release "Dusk"), who will share the stage with Yoshi Flower and Lovetechnique. Show 8 p.m. $18-$25. All ages, accessible venue.


See traditional-meets-modern Korean music group Coreyah (and their bad-ass rap/rock fusion) at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. Show 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

Yes, Pete Yorn did recently reunite with actress-singer Scarlett Johansson for EP Apart, but a collaboration really worth a listen is his recently dropped cover of Pixies classic "Here Comes Your Man," featuring none other than "accidental feminist spokesperson" Liz Phair (who, heads up, is playing her own show in D.C. next week). See him at The Howard Theatre. Show 8 p.m. $36.50-$69.50. All ages, accessible venue.


Punk-pop trio Dream Wife is Siouxsie and the Banshees meets Le Tigre, with a little Gwen Stefani thrown in. See them with Russo and New Myths at DC9. Show 8 p.m. $12. All ages, inaccessible venue.

The Gipsy Kings bring their flamenco/pop fusion to Strathmore. (Listen to their take on "Volare" when you need an office pick-me-up, a significant departure from the version Dean Martinmade famous.) Show 8 p.m. $49-$119. All ages, accessible venue.


Baltimore-based electropop band Future Islands, whose 2014 Letterman performance of "Seasons (Waiting on You)" apparently blew the mind of The Guardian's music editor (fast-forward to about 3:10 if you're short on time). See them at The Anthem with Ed Schrader's Music Beat. Show 8 p.m. $41-$76. All ages, accessible venue.

Wait, Bill Murray sings? Absolutely, and the actor has come a long way since embodying Nick the Lounge Singer. In New WorldsBill Murray and a trio of musicians unite classical selections with literature in a show at Strathmore that may prove as memorable as the wake-up scene in Groundhog Day. Show 8 p.m. $58-$148. All ages, accessible venue.

Every now and then, there's a song that commands your attention with its simplicity. That's "What Am I Here For," in which the honeyed vocals of Jade Bird seem to levitate, singing "If I'm not here to love you, what am I here for?" The British singer-songwriter comes to Rock and Roll Hotel with Field Report. Show 7 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.


It's pretty cute how the team behind Ginuwine's "Pony" video goes all in on the country-western theme for a song whose lyrics are a not-so-thinly veiled metaphor for bedroom activity ("My saddle's waiting, come and jump on it.") But the R&B singer, a D.C. native, has kept busy since that hit, with collaborations with Missy Elliott and Sean "Diddy" Combs, an acting career, and endorsing Adult Chocolate Milk (which sadly appears to be discontinued). The artist plays The Howard Theatre this weekend. Show 8 p.m. $37.50-$67.50. All ages, accessible venue.

D.C.-based threesome SHAED, formerly known as The Walking Sticks, brings tracks from brand-new EPMelt, to Rock and Roll Hotel with Sabra Abraha. Show 9 p.m. $15. All ages, accessible venue.

Nineties alt-rock band Belly reunited in 2016 after a two-decade hiatus and has a groovy new albumDove, to boot. Hear the Rhode Island-based foursome at the 9:30 Club. Doors 8 p.m. $35. All ages, accessible venue.


Christina Aguilera dropped the somewhat uneven new album Liberation this summer. Its strongest aspect is its streak of female independence, in its interlude of young girls voicing their life aspirations and a Demi Lovato duet "Fall in Line." See the pop powerhouse at The Theater at MGM National Harbor. 8 p.m. $131-180+. All ages, accessible venue.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones, a soulful, horn-enhanced ensemble that hails from Alabama, comes to The Anthem with Mattiel. Show 8 p.m. $41-$61. All ages, accessible venue.


Chick Corea's life in jazz extends back more than five decades, from playing piano with musicians such as Stan Getz and Grady Tate, to composing "Spain" and the exquisitely haunting "Crystal Silence," to winning a whopping 22 Grammy Awards. Corea comes to The Birchmere in his new trio, Vigilette. Show 7:30 p.m. $79.50. All ages, accessible venue.

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