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“People waste their energy by speaking,” said Roy Wood$ in a recent interview with Clash Magazine. “They don’t know how to listen. But when it comes to music, they shut the fuck up.” Such is the premise of Wood$’ debut album, Say Less, released in late 2017 under Drake’s OVO Sound label. Wood$ hails from Brampton, Ontario, and proudly embraces his Guyanese heritage to add an Afro-Caribbean perspective to a sometimes sleepy R&B landscape. Say Less presents far less of the moody, sultry introspection heard on his previous EPs. Instead, it’s full of feel good riddims, making it way easier to dance a lot more and say a lot less. But the real beauty of his artistry is the harmonious way he can create a breezy, relaxed vibe in any setting—whether that be in the bedroom or in the club. Read more>>> Roy Wood$ performs at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $22–$125. (877) 987-6487. unionstage.com. (Casey Embert)
OH AND ALSO
Canadian pop rock band Stars performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $26.
Lawrence Wright, longtime New Yorker staff writer and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, comes to Politics and Prose at The Wharf to discuss his latest book God Save Texas: A Journey Into the Soul of the Lone Star State, a comprehensive look at the state’s history, politics, and culture. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
Las Áñez, a Latin-American music duo featuring twin sisters Juanita and Valentina Áñez, perform at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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