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No matter the era, Amel Larrieux’s music always seems to fit. The New York City-bred singer first found popularity during the mid-’90s as one-half of the R&B duo Groove Theory. Twenty years ago, the group’s single “Tell Me” hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100; it’s now regarded as a classic, in part because of the versatility of Larrieux’s vocals. Since departing Groove Theory in 1999, her solo career has been sustained by the clarity of her voice, extending from the lower notes she nailed on the neo-soul staple “Get Up” to the heights she reached on “For Real.” But Larrieux certainly isn’t living on the strength of her early work. Her most recent album, 2013’s Ice Cream Everyday, is a layered mix of everything that’s helped carry her career through two decades. She’ll breathe life into old favorites and more contemporary tunes for devoted fans and interested newcomers at the Howard Theatre. Amel Larrieux performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35–$70. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com.