HOW FAR DO YOU WANNA STEP?
Despite the unstylish vibes that continue to inexplicably and inexcusably waft across our rapidly developing city, Washington is still a top-tier touring market for pop acts of all genres and levels of renown. So if you’re a curious listener with hungry ears, all you need is patience. The carnival will eventually roll through town.
But obviously, we don’t get everything. If you have the means to fly away, an enduring superstar awaits in Las Vegas and a rockand-roll refugee camp is forming in Los Angeles.
I’ll expect to see the rest of you at Trillectro.
For D’Angelo, the comeback trail has been long and treacherous, and later this month it finally comes through Montgomery County, where the once-troubled R&B great will sing from his exquisite 2014 album, “Black Messiah.”
D’Angelo June 25 at the Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 3019609999. www.fillmoresilverspring.com.
We don’t even know who’s playing yet, but unlike the biggest big-tent festivals in our area — Sweetlife, Firefly, Landmark — the fourth-annual Trillectro festival will certainly have character.
For the past three summers, the festival’s hometown curators have invited an unexpected mix of vanguard rappers, DJs and R&B singers to share the stage and let the sparks fly. And so Trillectro always feels like a party — just like every festival should, though so few do.
Trillectro Date and venue to be announced.
The reviews are in: Mariah Carey’s new residency in Las Vegas is a big ol’ mess. Her voice sounds spent. Her set list — all of Mimi’s No. 1 singles performed in chronological order — feels stiff. Boo, hiss.
But hold up a second. This woman might be the greatest singer of her generation, and her career has been defined by more than one unexpected comeback. If Carey manages to hit her stride deeper into the summer, she’ll simply be making good on her reputation. Check back.
Mariah Carey Through Feb. 21 at the Caesars Palace Colosseum, Las Vegas. 8662275938. www.thecolosseum.com.
Rock-and-roll is alive, just barely, and some of its most ferocious survivors are scheduled to stand up and be counted at Berserktown, the exciting punk-slash-hardcore festival in sunny California.
A recently reunited Royal Trux and the never-bothered-stopping Dead Moon give Berserktown’s sprawling bill a grimy gravitas, while ankle-biters Sheer Mag, Vexx, Priests and Downtown Boys all promise to bite hard. There are more than 100 bands playing this thing. Of that number, Rectal Hygenics is the group with the second-least-printable name.
Berserktown Aug. 1416 at the Observatory, Santa Ana, Calif. www.berserktown.com.
For years, the Museum of Modern Art’s outpost in Queens has been inviting the planet’s best DJs to blast music across its courtyard on Saturday afternoons all summer long. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? This summer’s unsurprisingly strong lineup includes London pop-futurist A.G. Cook (July 18), Berlin techno maestro Moritz von Oswald (Aug. 8) and Detroit house hero Andres (Aug. 22).
And if you go, can you offer Melissa Chiu a ride? Chiu is the new director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, which a few years ago appeared to be interested in booking similar outdoor events beneath our city’s most beloved Brutalist doughnut. Chiu would be wise to revisit that idea.
Warm-Up June 27 to Sept. 5 at PS1 MoMA, Queens, N.Y. 7187842084. www.momaps1.org.