Weekly Music Agenda, Featuring Wale: DCist

Wale headlines the Fillmore Silver Spring tomorrow night (Photo via Facebook).


Since leaving influential electronic trio Emeralds in 2013, Mark McGuire has explored the far reaches of instrumental psychedelia, building dreamscapes out of layers of guitars and synthesizers. And he’s been prolific: so far this year, he’s taken a sci-fi journey on Vision Upon Purpose and gone back-to-basics on the guitar-driven Ideas of Beginnings. McGuire features at Rhizome with Brooklyn ambient act Ancient Ocean and D.C. “rock noir” trio Park Snakes. Doors 8 p.m. $10 donation

Philadelphia indie-folk band Mt. Joy names heavyweights Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and The Grateful Dead as influences and makes a stop at DC9 in support of their debut album Sheep. Doors 8:30 p.m. $12/$14

Motown legend Diana Ross brings more than five decades worth of hits to Wolf Trap Filene Center. Doors 8 p.m. $35


D.C. natives Wale and Ari Lennox kick off BET’s BETX on the Road concert series at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Wale has his fifth album (April’s Shine) in tow, while Lennox, an R&B singer signed to J. Cole’s Dreamville Records imprint, released her PHO EP last fall. Doors 7 p.m. $30

DJ, producer, radio host, label boss: Nina Las Vegas wears many hats while spreading the dance music gospel in her native Australia and around the world. Whether on the radio (she hosts influential shows on Australia’s Triple J and London’s Rinse FM) or in the club, she knows how to get a people moving with an eclectic mix of club music styles. Experience the latter at Flash where she performs with D.C. party-starter The Clown Prince and London’s Benbo. Doors 8 p.m. $10

Philly’s Palm turns rock music inside out, toying with dissonance and polyrhythms to confound expectations and attack the senses. The art rock upstarts are joined by similarly angular noisemakers Palberta and a pair of D.C. acts: jazz-punk duo Dove Lady and D.C. darkwaver Den-Mate. Doors 8 p.m. $13/$15


Jesse Tittsworth is no stranger to D.C. club-goers, having been a key figure in the city’s underground club scene for the better part of the decade. And even though he moved to Los Angeles in 2012, D.C. is still close to his heart. Take for example his new project Reagan Bombs (with fellow D.C. native-turned-Angelino Scott Sanders) couldn’t be more D.C., fusing go-go with house and techno. Reagan Bombs is throwing a record release show at Songbyrd with support from Mista Selecta, Kelow Latesha and Ciscero. Doors 9 p.m. $10

Pavement obsessives Cymbals Eat Guitars return to the Black Cat with fellow indie rock act Active Bird Community. Doors 7:30 p.m. $15

Sydney’s Jagwar Ma makes dance music for rock clubs—or is that rock music for dance floors?—updating early ’90s Madchester psychedelia for millennials. Similarly minded D.C. dance-punks My French Roommate open the show at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Doors 7 p.m. $18/$20


Veteran D.C. DJ-producer Will Eastman teams with one of the city’s best-and-brightest DJs, Ayes Cold, for Free Range, an open-format dance party at U Street Music Hall with visuals by D.C. multimedia artist Robin Bell. Doors 10 p.m. $10, free before 12 for 21+

Head to Flash early to catch a trio of local artists on the come-up, R&B and hip-hop iconoclasts Jenna Camille, NKO and MILK$. Doors 7 p.m. $5

As Bellows, Oliver Kalb makes dreamy, electronica-kissed bedroom pop. He’ll be joined by contemporaries Fraternal Twin and Stolen Jars in the appropriately-cozy environs of Songbyrd. Doors 7 p.m. $10/$12


Los Angeles singer-producer Nite Jewel brings her latest collection of retro-futuristic synth-pop, Real High, to the Rock and Roll Hotel. Openers Geneva Jacuzzi and Harriet Brown mine similarly retro and futuristic territory, respectively. Doors 7 p.m. $15/$18.

French DJ-producer Breakbot delivers slick and sensual electro-house hybrids perfect for fans of Daft Punk, Ed Banger Records and disco nostalgia at U Hall. Doors 10 p.m. $15


Indie heavyweights Belle & Sebastian, Spoon and Andrew Bird unite at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with D.C. power trio Ex Hex kicking off the show. Doors 4:30 p.m. $45-$55

It’s Sunday, so let R&B singer BJ the Chicago Kid and fellow Chicago kid Sir the Baptist take you to church… at the Fillmore Silver Spring. Doors 7 p.m. $19-$75


Grace Mitchell is only 19 years old, but she sounds like she’s been making alternative pop—with touches of hip-hop and electronica—for years. Brooklyn band Surf Rock Is Dead and Philly experimental artist NAH open the show at Songbyrd. Doors 7:30 p.m. $15

Queen and Adam Lambert pay tribute to Freddie Mercury by rocking out at the Verizon Center. $69-$175

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