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Atlanta-born singer-songwriter Raury curates his sound selectively, mixing and matching diverse samples until he settles on something new and surprising. He blends hip-hop, folk, R&B, and funk on his tracks, a style influenced by fellow Atlanta eccentric Andre 3000 and hip-hop’s rock star of the new millennium, Kid Cudi. His inspiration board doesn’t end there: On Raury’s 2014 debut project, Indigo Child, he flashes the soulful conviction of a young Cody ChesnuTT while invoking the breathy delivery of Lil Wayne on “Wildfire.” Still, Raury’s output never feels forced or derivative; his ability to build something original on top of his predecessors’ foundation caught the attention of Kanye West and earned Raury a deal with Columbia Records. His cool delivery will beguile ATL-bred fans and casual observers alike when it comes through the top-notch U Hall speakers. Raury performs with Ace Cosgrove at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com.