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Though it seems like we’re living in dark times, there is a glimmer of hope: Janelle Monáe has apparently been sent from the future to save us from our current predicament. Her visual album Dirty Computer blasted into our stratosphere from parts unknown, and depicted a neon-drenched digital dystopia where women, queer people, and people of color are deemed non-compliant “dirty computers.” Futurism has long been a part of Monáe’s work, with many of her previous albums centered around the exploits of her robotic proxy character, Cindi Mayweather. She’s ditched the alter ego to make her most personal album yet, a celebration of all aspects of her identity, as well as a sort of extended coming out. The political is always personal, and many of the tracks on Dirty Computer brim with her righteous indignation at the current political climate. Cindi Mayweather may have been a messiah, but these tracks are far from preachy—instead, Monáe seems to think the best way to #resist is to get asses shaking in spite of the despair. She’s also an incredible live performer, simultaneously theatrical and down-to-earth, and in the dramatic setting of The Anthem, she’s sure to mess you up, but no one does it better. Read more>>> Janelle Monáe performs at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Stephanie Rudig)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Actors and hip-hop artists Queen Latifah and Common perform at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap for the very first time. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $45–$105.
Friday: KERIMtheDJ, an innovative DJ from Brooklyn, performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. 10 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. Free.
Saturday: The Sturm und Drang surrounding San Francisco’s Deafheaven are not limited to music. The band, which incorporates ethereal post-rock and shoegaze with elements of black metal, has elicited strong reactions throughout their career. Following the release of 2013’s Sunbather, the band found itself in the unexpected position of being embraced by a record-listening public not usually keen on acts like Darkthrone and Emperor. Predictably, this led to a healthy chorus of provisional metalheads who cried foul, demanding that these types of demonic sounds come solely from corpse-painted Norwegians. Fair enough, I suppose. But outside of the hype and backlash, the band has produced consistently engaging albums and their live shows are as theatrical and intense as one might expect. Deafheaven have been slowly incorporating more tuneful elements into their cacophony as heard on the newly released Ordinary Corrupt Human Love which includes a few instances of—gasp!—actual singing. The drama rages on. Read more>>> Deafheaven perform at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Matt Siblo)
Saturday: Emmy-winning comedian and Virginia native Patton Oswalt performs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$69.
Saturday: The Bacon Brothers, a rock duo composed of actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, composer Michael Bacon, perform at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $45.
Sunday: Nearly 20 years after the release of their last proper album, doom metal marijuana enthusiasts Sleep unexpectedly dropped their latest resin-encrusted opus, The Sciences, earlier this year on 4/20. Bearded black light poster enthusiasts continue to rejoice. Curiously, the band has taken this momentous occasion—a new record universally lauded by a fan base that was ravenous for one—to celebrate the past. On Sunday, the band begins a two-night run at 9:30 Club where they will be commemorating 1992’s Holy Mountain, an unimpeachable classic of the genre that launched 1,000 riffs in its wake. As if this weren’t enough, opening is Dylan Carlson of the band Earth, a fellow torchbearer of influential monosyllabically named drone metal. His latest solo album, Conquistador, was released this April, described by Carlson as the soundtrack to “an imaginary Western.” Far out, man. Read more>>> Sleep perform with Dylan Carlson at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Matt Siblo)
Sunday: The Filene Center at Wolf Trap presents James Bond film Casino Royale in concert with National Symphony Orchestra. 8:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $40–$65.
Sunday: Georgia country-rock band Blackberry Smoke performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $27.50.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for iconic folk-rock duo Indigo Girls, performing at The Birchmere on Oct. 8. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $69.50.
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