City Paper is not for tourists
On his SoundCloud page, Mura Masa describes himself as a “beat slayer” and a “heart breaker.” The British DJ-producer is probably being facetious, but there is some truth in those tags. As a beatsmith, Mura Masa resembles his genre-agnostic contemporaries, melding electronic dance music, hip-hop, R&B, and Asian and Afro-Caribbean music elements into wind-up toys that start wonky and wobbly but quickly find their four-on-the-floor footing. As for all those broken hearts, his tunes provide plenty of dancefloor catharsis, thanks to their heart-on-sleeve melodies. It’s an approach that has served him well, taking him from SoundCloud tinkerer to major label talent in a few years. Like the artists that influenced him—Hudson Mohawke and James Blake—Mura Masa has gone from solo adventurer to collaborator with the stars, looping in the likes of A$AP Rocky, Charli XCX, and Damon Albarn on his self-titled debut album. He recently added disco legends Nile Rodgers and Chic to his list of collaborators, and at just 22 years old, he still has plenty of beats to slay and hearts to break. Read more>>> Mura Masa performs at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: New Orleans jazz-funk brass musician Trombone Shorty performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 7:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$60.
Friday: Melba Moore, a Grammy-nominated R&B singer and actress, performs at Blues Alley. 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30–$35.
Saturday: Pie, science fiction, and audience participation are on the menu at Slim’s Diner in Petworth this week. TBD Immersive, an upstart performance troupe that set up a giant, dystopian cabaret at the Dupont Underground in March, has created a pop-up show at the diner, guaranteeing close encounters of a theatrical kind. Flamethrowers greet patrons on Georgia Avenue NW and, once inside, they’ll meet the supernatural beings “charged with keeping order in the universe.” The “Legends” hang out and drink coffee at Slim’s like it’s their local Luke’s, if Stars Hollow were an intergalactic crossroads instead of a fictional town in Connecticut. A three-course meal is included in the cost of admission, so enjoy some apple and key lime pie. But be prepared to participate, not just eat. Read more>>> The show runs to Aug. 25 at Slim’s Diner, 4201 Georgia Ave. NW. $45–$50. tbdimmersive.com. (Rebecca J. Ritzel)
Saturday: Indie rock band Ra Ra Riot performs at U Street Music Hall to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its first record, The Rhumb Line. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $25.
Sunday: In her first solo exhibition in the United States, Warsaw, Poland-based artist Malgorzata Jablonska offers both paintings and sculptures, but it’s the latter that dominate the show—for good reason. With Imprints of Reality, Jablonska lays stringy bark atop plexiglass to create fragile facsimiles of the human face and body. “Joanna,” a death mask-esque portrayal of a head, cleverly partners its supple, fleshy curves with the work’s ragged, wispy edges. In other pieces, she expands the technique to create full torsos. Jablonska’s translucent, glass-based paintings offer a measure of depth and absorbing concepts, such as a rotary of eight fetuses linked by their umbilical cords. But the paintings fade in the presence of outstanding works like “Body,” a roughly life-size piece made of painstakingly stacked felt, producing a nude female body stepping out of a block, in the style of D.C.’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. Read more>>> The exhibition runs to Sept. 2 at Foundry Gallery, 2118 8th St. NW. Free. (202) 232-0203. foundrygallery.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Sunday: Dark cabaret artist Aurelio Voltaire performs at Union Stage. 9 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$18.
Sunday: Subhi, a singer known for her blend of jazz, pop, and world music, performs at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets are on sale now for Grits & Biscuits, a music celebration party, hosted by the Fillmore Silver Spring on Sept. 22. 10 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20.
Tickets are on sale now for comedian Gary Owen, performing at MGM National Harbor on Oct. 13. 8 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $38.64–$72.28.
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