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Wye Oak, the formerly Baltimore-based dream pop duo, have created five albums together, and their latest, The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, is the third one they have created while living in different cities. Jenn Wasner has settled in Durham, North Carolina, and Andy Stack in Marfa, Texas. But Wasner and Stack didn’t let the distance come between them. They hopped on planes and spent a week at a time with each other, maximizing every moment together. “In the past we’ve set out to be minimal, but ended up maximal,” Wasner explained in a recent interview with The Skinny. “So with this record we were just like, ‘Fuck it! Let’s be maximal.’” Together, they created an explosive record, so cohesive and complex that it necessitated a bass player to bring their creation to life, bigger and better than ever before. Read more>>> Wye Oak performs with Palm at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Casey Embert)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Legendary comedic actress Carol Burnett returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for a 90-minute interactive experience in which the audience asks the questions, harkening back to the engaging openings of The Carol Burnett Show. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $59–$149.
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Friday: Actor Rob Lowe brings his one-man show, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, inspired by the success of his memoir of the same name, to the Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $38–$88.
Saturday: Ira Tattelman, a D.C.-based artist and architect, points his camera at pieces of architectural debris so anonymous that they would be impossible to place geographically if wall captions didn’t specify where he found them. His exhibition, Space Around Us, showcases his intrigue with elements both temporary (yellow exhaust tubing) and permanent (a skylight that reflects fluorescent lighting). Sometimes he is fortunate enough to capture both types together, as with the image of gaudy red tape haphazardly covering a façade of carved marble. Not everything Tattelman tries works: Some images are too grainy, while pieces blending two images are often disjointed. However, he succeeds when he toys with the viewer’s expectations about depth and dimension. “Stain” seems to turn a skinny ladder climbing a curved, concrete silo into a virtual tombstone, “Air in a Box” plays gainfully with the rigid shadows of the cage that protects an air-conditioning unit, and “Playground” flattens a painted patch of ground—or wall—into a surface worthy of Aaron Siskind. Read more>>> The exhibition runs to May 20 at Photoworks at Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. (301) 634-2274. glenechophotoworks.org. (Louis Jacobson)
Saturday: Swedish EDM performers Dada Life hype up the crowd at Echostage. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $25–$30.
Saturday: The National Portrait Gallery opens Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now, an exhibition that reveals how contemporary artists are boldly reimagining silhouettes in modern ways. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Sunday: As he’s come to dominate the pop landscape over the last few years, Drake has increasingly wielded co-signs as a way to prove his bona fides beyond his hip-hop and R&B playing fields. He’s toyed with everything from Jamaican dancehall to Nigerian Afrobeats. But his latest co-sign, Jorja Smith, is even more versatile than him. The 20-year-old British soul singer featured on his last project, More Life, and this year’s Black Panther: The Album, curated by Kendrick Lamar. She has quickly become the “It Girl” of pop, collaborating on songs with fellow up-and-comers Kali Uchis, Khalid, Stormzy, and Preditah. Smith offers a naked vulnerability reminiscent of Corinne Bailey Rae and Amy Winehouse, and sounds at home singing over UK dance beats, orchestral ballads, and neo-soul grooves. As the music world awaits her debut album, Smith’s buzz builds, and before we know it, she’ll be the one wielding the co-signs. Read more>>>Jorja Smith performs at 8 p.m. at The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25–$40. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Chris Kelly)
Sunday: Minnesota bluegrass band Trampled By Turtles performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $28.
Sunday: The Fillmore Silver Spring welcomes hip-hop artist A Boogie wit da Hoodie. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $37.
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