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4 more concerts to catch
Lissie had a dreamy sort of ascent. The singer-songwriter moved to Los Angeles about a decade ago to pursue a pop career, landed a gig opening for Lenny Kravitz, charted a song on Billboard’s dance chart and earned a Grammy nod — all before she had a debut album to her name. The Illinois native eventually signed a record deal and continued developing the sound she once described as “PJ Harvey meets the Mamas and the Papas.” But when the fickle support of the music industry receded shortly after the release of her 2013 sophomore album, “Back to Forever,” Lissie responded with a move of her own — to the cornfields of Iowa. Ridden with the anxiety over her newfound status as an independent artist, she purchased a 47-acre farm to creatively realign herself. The music of that period, 2016’s “My Wild West,” is enveloped in the bittersweetness of dreams that take a different shape than originally imagined. And if the aching melodies of “My Wild West” were indicative of Lissie’s growing pains, the sumptuous ballads of her latest album, “Castles,” suggest that she has finally found peace. Saturday at 8 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. 930.com. $25.
In a world ruled by pop and rap icons, Jack White is one of the last punch-you-in-the-face, say-whatever-he-wants kind of rock stars. And when there’s nothing for him to rail against, he builds something solely for that purpose. During his years in the White Stripes, he and then-wife Meg were forced to make magic with a voice, a guitar and some drums, and they aced that challenge, becoming one of the most prominent rock bands in the world. Now, as a solo act, White continues to wrestle with time and technique and how technology has altered our perceptions of both. His third solo album, “Boarding House Reach,” lays waste to our expectations with takes on everything from ’90s-styled hip-hop and experimental electronic music to forlorn country-gospel and peculiar acoustic spoken word. Tuesday and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. (doors) at the Anthem. theanthemdc.com. $65-$85.
With the sounds of Caribbean dancehall and Nigerian Afrobeat continuing to surge across the planet, it’s a good time to be Burna Boy. The Nigerian vocalist has been whipping up a euphoric blend of those warm-weather genres, sprinkling them with hiphop and R&B and baking them into a sound that he has deemed “Afro-fusion.” His recipe started turning ears in 2012 when he released “Like to Party,” a carefree single that finds the singer floating over a midtempo groove accented with woozy synths. Since then, he has released five albums and collaborated with none other than Drake (even though Burna Boy’s reported contributions to Drake’s “More Life” album went uncredited). On “Outside,” the radiant album that Burna Boy released in January, he sounds like a genre in and of himself. Fela Kuti — the legendary Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer whom Burna cites as his primary influence — would be proud. Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. thehowardtheatre.com. $20-$25.
In the wide world of EDM, where most artists can get by on a steady stream of singles and remixes, Flight Facilities has been more ambitious — at least at first. The Aussie electronic duo (Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell) has two albums to its name: the multicolored 2014 debut, “Down to Earth,” and an elegant 2015 live album in which they’re accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Since then, they’ve released music in smaller doses. Their most recent tracks dance between ornate electro soul (“Stranded”) and dreamy disco pop (“Need You”). The propulsive, tasteful songs could go over just as well at a swanky concert hall as they do at a trippy EDM festival. Thursday at 7 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. 930.com. $25.