When it was time for Malcolm Davis to pick a rap name, he opted for MadeinTYO, pronounced “Made in Tokyo,” as a tribute to the Yokosuka naval base where the military brat spent his formative years. But as far as his music is concerned, he is all Atlanta. Everything he has released since his breakthrough in 2015 has shared the hallmarks of his adopted hometown: bare-bones lyrics, infectious hooks, and “skrrt skrrt” adlibs sprinkled over bass-heavy trap beats laced with video game synths. His biggest hit, the laidback “Uber Everywhere,” is this simple formula at its best, and his modest boasts—taking Uber everywhere and smoking pre-rolled joints—were achievable and thus relatable. The success of “Uber Everywhere” has taken the 25-year-old to higher levels of fame (XXL named him a member of its 2017 Freshman Class), but he’s stayed true to the formula that got him there. Read more>>> MadeinTYO performs at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20–$65. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
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Friday: “Despacito” may have been the radio-ready song of the summer, but in the indie-rock world, few would disagree that there was an album better suited for the summer than The Courtneys’ sophomore effort II. The Vancouver trio’s breezy, lo-fi garage-pop is the perfect soundtrack for long road trips with the windows rolled down. Songs like “Tour,” “Minnesota,” and “Country Song” have timeless feel-good vibes, which fit nicely in the sun-drenched pantheon of their record label, the legendary New Zealand garage-rock label Flying Nun Records. Though it may finally be fall, you can hold on to those fleeting feels of summer when The Courtneys hit DC9 tonight. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $14. (Matt Cohen)
Friday: Comedian and actor Mike Birbiglia takes his comic chops to the Warner Theatre stage. 7 p.m. at 513 13th St. NW. $27.50.
Friday: Indie rock band Susto and folk singer Esmé Patterson perform at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Saturday: Let me tell you a story about the time John Popper, lead singer and harmonica wizard of the band Blues Traveler, flipped me off on Twitter. It begins with Buzzfeed reporter Katie Notopoulos who, in 2014, referenced a vague memory about an embarrassing rumor involving Popper on Twitter. According to a recent Daily Beast story, a man named Forrest Rutherford responded to Notopoulos with some snarky jokes, not expecting Popper himself would ever read them. Little did he know that Popper, who tweets from the Blues Traveler handle, obsessively searches for anyone talking shit about him—and retaliates. For years, Popper and Rutherford were engaged in a nasty internet battle that recently ended with Popper maliciously doxxing Rutherford. I read the story about this incident and tweeted it out, noting the alarming overuse of emojis by Popper on Twitter. Sure enough, Popper found the tweet and replied with a middle finger emoji. This is your chance to troll Popper IRL and see if he’s as combative in person as he is online. Read more>>> Blues Traveler performs with Los Colognes at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Journalist and author (and City Paper alum) Liza Mundy chats about her new book Code Girls at Politics and Prose. 1 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Saturday: Americana band Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors performs at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Sunday: Leslie Odom Jr. has seen his star rise tremendously in the past couple years. Hamilton will do that to you. His leaping, dancing, belting turn as Aaron Burr in the hit Broadway musical netted him a 2016 Tony Award for Leading Actor in a Musical. That same year, he somehow found time to re-release his self-titled solo jazz album and give a show-stopping performance at the Kennedy Center Spring Gala’s Marvin Gaye tribute. Now, he’s taking his talents back to the Kennedy Center, this time to the Eisenhower Theater as part of Renée Fleming’s “VOICES” concert series. “VOICES” is an apt series for Odom to be a part of, as his is velvety smooth and a malleable force. Fleming says of Odom, “Leslie is a consummate, elegant artist, and this is a performance not to miss.” We couldn’t agree more. Read more>>> Leslie Odom Jr. performs at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $49–$125. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Kayla Randall)
Sunday: Classic New Orleans musicians and soul artists Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue perform at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $37–$57.
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