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The Weeknd, Scarface and more concerts not to miss

- BY STEPHANIE WILLIAMS

The Weeknd

Yes, “After Hours” was the Weeknd’s emblematic departure from his grittier pop plays to sleek stadium anthems intended for Grammy nods (which didn’t quite pan out as planned). But it wasn’t a sudden shift. Slowly but astutely, he has prodded his ascension into internatio­nal fame with each record. “Starboy,” while still homing in on darker themes, produced lighter, more radio-friendly hits such as “I Feel It Coming,” which felt like a playful foreshadow­ing both in name and sonically of what was to come. “After Hours” took that small glimmer of ’80s synth-pop seen in 2016’s “Starboy” and ran the entire field with it. By the time “Dawn FM” was released earlier this year, the Weeknd had completed his pop metamorpho­sis. Did you ever think you’d see the day when Jim Carrey had a feature on a Weeknd album? I don’t think the “Starboy” Weeknd could have predicted that, either. Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (doors open) at Fedex Field, 1600 Fedex Way, Landover, Md. commanders.com/stadium. $196-$286.

Martin Courtney

As the world wiped the sleep from its eyes and began easing back into normal life earlier this year, Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney released his breezy sophomore solo effort, “Magic Sign.” The record is imbued with sunny psychedeli­c tones as

Courtney harks back to simpler times as a teenager in New Jersey. “In the basement of my mind / I’m on a bike in 1999 / In the basement of my mind / We’re on the phone for the very first time,” he reminisces on “Merlin.” But, amid the moments of bliss, Courtney brings his trip down memory lane down to earth on songs such as “Time To Go”: “Every other house is empty / And the streets are full of sand / Why are we the last to know / When it’s time to go, time to go.” Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Songbyrd, 540 Penn St. NE. songbyrddc.com. $18-$20.

Scarface

In a 2019 interview with The Washington Post, Scarface made a shocking announceme­nt: “Scarface is dead,” the rapper (real name: Brad Jordan) proclaimed, vowing to become a politician instead. It was just a few months after that conversati­on that he almost died, contractin­g covid-19 at the start of the pandemic and suffering from kidney failure afterward. Those events didn’t change Scarface’s mind about continuing his music career, though, and once shows ramped up again, the rapper set sail on his farewell tour in early July. The tour marks the end of a long, storied career in hip-hop that pioneered and paved the way for his Southern rap contempora­ries. Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. thehowardt­heatre.com. $40.

Maren Morris

Maren Morris further explores the boundaries of pop and country with her latest album, “Humble Quest.” Songs such as the catchy “Tall Guys” are poised for radio play with toe-tapping melodies: “I can wear my heels real high / I’m a lover of all types / But there’s something ’ bout tall guys, tall guys.” Morris enlisted the production prowess of sought-after pop producer Greg Kurstin, whose lengthy list of accolades includes a Grammy Award for Adele’s 2015 song “Hello” and a nomination for Kelly Clarkson’s 2011 song “Stronger ( What Doesn’t Kill You).” Still, even with its pop sensibilit­ies, “Humble Quest” feels like a return to form for Morris. Sandwiched in between the lighter pop tracks are reflective country ballads such as “I Can’t Love You Anymore,” in which Morris muses on a Midwest lover: “Shoulda known what I was getting in / Fallin’ for a boy from Michigan.” Thursday at 8 p.m. at Merriweath­er Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, Md. merriweath­ermusic.com. $45-$125.

 ?? Theo Wargo/getty Images ?? The Weeknd will bring his After Hours Til Dawn tour to Fedex Field on Saturday, spotlighti­ng his albums “After Hours” (2020) and “Dawn FM” (2022).
Theo Wargo/getty Images The Weeknd will bring his After Hours Til Dawn tour to Fedex Field on Saturday, spotlighti­ng his albums “After Hours” (2020) and “Dawn FM” (2022).
 ?? Theo Wargo/getty Images ?? Maren Morris, who blends pop and country on her latest album, “Humble Quest,” will bring both lighter pop tracks and reflective country ballads to the Merriweath­er Post Pavilion on Thursday night.
Theo Wargo/getty Images Maren Morris, who blends pop and country on her latest album, “Humble Quest,” will bring both lighter pop tracks and reflective country ballads to the Merriweath­er Post Pavilion on Thursday night.

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