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GoldLink’s less-is-more approach to rap has brought him many returns in an impossibly short amount of time. In fewer than 18 months, the Virginia rapper has grown from a masked, virtually unknown entity to a fast-rising star with his face on the cover of XXL magazine. GoldLink’s success rests on the radical freshness of “future bounce,” his signature concoction that hits listeners at breakneck speed and dares them to keeping up with his frenetic pace. Tonight’s show at the 9:30 Club should further justify his acclaim, but showgoers better bring their endurance—GoldLink’s energy doesn’t tarnish. Read more >>> Goldlink performs with Sango, Esta, Lakim, and Joe Kay at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Julian Kimble)
Burger Tap & Shake opened its second location in Tenleytown this week. The menu of burgers and boozy shakes is pretty much the same as its sister location in Foggy Bottom. Try the Apache Sweat Lodge with green chilies, pepper jack cheese, onions, and XXX sauce or the classic Six Buck Chuck. Weekday happy hour goes from 3 to 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close with $5 draft beers. Read more on Young & Hungry. Burger Tap & Shake, 4445 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 254-8868.burgertapshake.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
For a big-ass concert, head out to Jiffy Lube Live, where Nicki Minaj presents her Pinkprint tour tonight. Opening acts include Tinashe, Meek Mill, and Dej Loaf. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $22.50–$175.
For a more intimate music experience, head to Comet Ping Pong, where local garage-rock band Bless celebrates the release of its latest tape with a few other acts: Chicago’s White Mystery, New York’s Dirty Fences, and D.C.-based queercore group Homosuperior. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Grammy-nominated indie-pop vocalist Emily King stops by U Street Music Hall for a show with local electronic rock act Redline Graffiti and soulful Atlanta-based quartet the Shadowboxers. 6 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
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