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


In 2013, pop star Kelly Clarkson had no clue who Miguel was, even though he'd take home a Grammy that night for best R&B song of the year with "Adorn." Today, the California-bred singer-songwriter has four studio albums and plenty of collaborations under his belt, some acting cred and one hell of an ear-catching song in the futuristic, polyrhythmic "Python." See him with DVSN and Nonchalant Savant (who happens to be Miguel's younger brother) at The Anthem. Show 8 p.m. $45-$75. All ages, accessible venue.

The country-rock music of Slim Cessna's Auto Club is light on odes to tequila and heavy on religious allegory. Also, there is yodeling. Hear the band that emerged from an early 1990s Denver perform at Hill Country, sharing the stage with Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds. Show 8 p.m. $15-$20. All ages.


The first five seconds of 5 Seconds of Summer's "Youngblood" sound like any generic pop song from the 2010s. But wait for it—just a few finger snaps and a suspenseful bass entry away lies a thrilling pop song that's anything but everyday (the same goes for its music video, inspired by Japanese rockabilly culture). See the Australian quartet with The Aces at Wolf Trap. Show 8 p.m. $44.60-$69.60. All ages, accessible venue.

Canadian musician Mac DeMarco, perhaps a household name for folks who like their rock heavily sedated and out of tune, plays The Anthem, with Juan Wauters opening. Show 8 p.m. $35-$55. All ages, accessible venue.


If Lauren Mayberry were to ditch Scottish electopop band Chvrches and team up with 1950s doo-wop group The Flamingos, it might sound something like Bal Boheme. Led by vocalist and pianist Laurel Halsey (who also lends vocals and glockenspiel to D.C. band The North Country), the local trio plays an EP release show at DC9 with Near Northeast. Show 8 p.m. $8. All ages, inaccessible venue.

If you want to make new friends, skip the air guitar and start singing in unison with an instrumental solo. Hear an exquisite version of just that in jazz fusion group Yellowjackets'driving 2018 single "Man Facing North," which first appeared on the band's 1993 album, Like a River. The Grammy-winning quartet, which formed in the late '70s and released some fairly funky tunes on its debut album, comes to Blues Alley for a three-night run. Shows 8 p.m./10 p.m. $35. All ages, inaccessible venue.


In "Sure," Aussie musician Hatchie seems to channel the celestial pop-rock dished out by British bands of yesteryear like The La's and The Sundays. Hear more where that came from on her debut EP, Sugar and Spice, and at DC9 with Distant Creatures. Show 7:30 p.m. $13-$15. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Country star Dierks Bentley (of "Different For Girls" and "Drunk on a Plane" fame) headlines the Mountain High tour with Brothers Osborne (with whom he collaborates on 2018 album The Mountain) and LANCO at Jiffy Lube Live. Show 7 p.m. $35-$100+. All ages, accessible venue.

There may be no more famous rock flautist than Ian Anderson, the frontman of British rock band Jethro Tull. Now on its 50th anniversary tour, the band that brought us "Living in the Past" (which gets its groove from the same quintuple meter that enhances this overplayed jazz gem) comes to Wolf Trap. (P.S. You may want to consider resuming flute lessons after watching this.) Show 8 p.m. $35. All ages, accessible venue.


Puerto Rican vocalist and actor Chayanne excels at both the dance hit and the power ballad—formats he's plenty familiar with after some 40 years in the business. See him at EagleBank Arena. Show 8 p.m. $59-$149+. All ages, accessible venue.

Surround yourself with fellow adoring fans in an outdoor tribute to pop-rock-funk-R&B legend Prince in 4U, A Symphonic Celebration of Prince at Wolf Trap, with a playlist curated by Roots drummer Questlove. Show 8 p.m. $30-$50. All ages, accessible venue.

Katie Crutchfield, the force behind indie folk project Waxahatchee (named for an Alabama creek), releases her new EP on Friday. Until then, you can get a feel for its tender ease with lead single "Chapel of Pines." See Crutchfield with Night Shop and Anna St. Louis at The Miracle Theatre. Show 9 p.m. $22-$24. All ages.


Stoner-metal outfit Red Fang (who clearly has a sense of humor, at least when it comes to the art of music videos) once performed on the Late Show with David Letterman in its latter days. Catch them with Monolord and Dead Now at Rock and Roll Hotel. Show 8 p.m. $25. All ages, accessible venue.

The latest album from London dream-pop band Still CornersSlow Air, would provide a killer soundtrack for some sparsely attended after-party with guests strewn about on torn sofas swilling PBR and waxing poetic about nothing in particular. See them with Foxes in Fiction at DC9. Show 8 p.m. $13. All ages, inaccessible venue.


Stockholm-bred sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg got their start as contemporary folk duo First Aid Kit on the now-quaint Myspace. Hear cuts from their new album, Ruins, (and perhaps their cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill") at The Anthem with Julia Jacklin. Show 8 p.m. $40-$55. All ages, accessible venue.

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