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A couple weeks ago, the number one album in the U.S. was from a boy band. But it wasn’t by 5 Seconds of Summer or One Direction or even a millennial nostalgia act like Backstreet Boys: it was Iridescence, the major label debut by Brockhampton. And while they’ve playfully called themselves a boy band, Brockhampton isn’t what you might expect from the term. Instead, the diverse dozen-plus collective of rappers, singers, producers, and artists met on a fan forum dedicated to Kanye West. Plus, they don’t sound like the pristine, overproduced boy bands of the past. Instead, they bound between noisy rap firestarters and moments of string-swept introspection. There’s plenty of both on Iridescence, and the trilogy of 2017 albums that preceded it, making Brockhampton one of the most urgent and vital acts not just in hip-hop but pop music writ large. Remaking the image of the boy band isn’t easy, but Brockhampton want it that way. Read more>>>Brockhampton perform at 9 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $39.50–$59.50. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Chris Kelly)
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Five-piece reggae rock band Dirty Heads performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $36.
Brighton, England-born folk singer-songwriter Passenger performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.
D.C. indie musician Garrett Gleason performs at Black Cat. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
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