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14 Concerts You Don’t Want To Miss Around D.C. This Week

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

If you’ve always been more of an Ashlee than a Jessica fan, now’s your chance to see the younger Simpson sibling live. Ashlee will perform with reality show co-star and husband Evan Ross (with whom she released an EP of mostly ballads in 2018) at Union Stage. Show 8 p.m. $25-$99. All ages, accessible venue.

Bolivian-born teen José André Montaño knows his way around a piano, having performed on international stages from a very young age. Catch the local musical prodigy at Blues Alley (and watch him blaze through “On Fire” beforehand.) Shows 8 p.m./10 p.m. $22. All ages, inaccessible venue.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9

Tuareg guitarist Mdou Moctar, who grew up in Niger and starred in an update of Purple Rain filmed there, comes to Union Stage. Show 7:30 p.m. $15-$30. All ages, accessible venue.

There’s something irresistibly dirty about Ladygod’s brand of rock and roll, the audio analogue of Jennifer Lawrence’s nail polish in American Hustle. See the Richmond-based band at Songbyrd. Show 9 p.m. $7 suggested donation. All ages, inaccessible venue.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10

Add “Angelina” to one of your afternoon playlists and you won’t be sorry—the soothing ditty from Brooklyn-based pop duo The Other Favorites is a total cure-all. Catch them at Jammin Java. Show 8 p.m. $18-$20. All ages, accessible venue.

Alas, you shall never see Joy Division perform again. But, thankfully, you can see D.C.-based Joshua Palace, a sort of contempo post-punk artist, at Pie Shop in a lineup with Dougie and The Boardwalk Club. Show 8 p.m. $10. 21+, inaccessible venue.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11

Leyla McCalla doesn’t sound quite like anyone else. The Haitian-American vocalist and multi-instrumentalist blends several cultural influences in her music, with never a dull moment. See her at The Hamilton. Show 8 p.m. $12-$32. All ages, accessible venue.

Wish I Knew You” pop-rock band The Revivalists comes to The Anthem with American Authors. Show 8 p.m. $45-$65. All ages, accessible venue.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

The tiny state of Rhode Island (Before you knock it, is your home state’s official beverage coffee milk?) brought us Blu Cantrell, Belly, and, more recently, Arc Iris. Catch the art rock trio at Songbyrd. Show 8 p.m. $12-$14. All ages, inaccessible venue.

The debut solo album from longtime noise rock and blues artist Jon Spencer, Spencer Sings the Hits, is at once abrasive and awe-inspiring. Catch him at Black Cat. Doors 8 p.m. $18-$20. All ages, accessible venue.

“Baby, can you come over? I always find those words at the bottom of a hundred proof.” Not sure who can’t relate to that, although the “bottom of a Franzia box” works well too. Enjoy tunes from “Drunk Me” country newcomer Mitchell Tenpenny at The Fillmore. Show 8 p.m. $23. All ages, accessible venue.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard—fresh off crafting the score for BlacKkKlansman, the latest work in his longtime collaboration with director Spike Lee—winds down his four-night run at Blues Alley with his electrified quintet, the E-Collective. Shows 8 p.m./10 p.m. $40. All ages, inaccessible venue.

Last fall, late ’70s/early ’80s D.C. band Tiny Desk Unit (yes, it featured Bob Boilen, the genius behind Tiny Desk Concerts like the one above and host of NPR’s All Songs Considered) lost lead singer Susan Mumford. See the remaining band members and other artists pay tribute to Mumford, the first vocalist to perform at the original 9:30 Club, in a memorial show. Doors 6 p.m. FREE. All ages, accessible venue.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14

Funk-pop outfit Lipstick Gypsy (whose forthcoming EP is getting some executive-production love from the venerable Justin Timberlake) comes to Songbyrd. Show 9 p.m. $5 suggested donation. All ages, inaccessible venue.

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