A year ago, True Womanhood was loud and scuzzy, with earsplitting reverb that thrashed and ricocheted around the stage. But earlier this year, Thomas Redmond Jr. and Noam Eisner decided to go fully electronic, writing moombahton-inspired songs like “Minajah” and covering and remixing tracks by the Denver-based electronic artist Pictureplane. True Womanhood’s version of “Dark Rift” was typically gloomy, but with sharpened vocals and a reassembled beat that won the band plenty of new admirers, including Pictureplane himself, who said, “No one has ever covered my music this well before.” (Benjamin R. Freed). With U.S. Royalty and Birdlips at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club. $15.
George Clinton—-billed without Parliament Funkadelic!—-is in town, which should satisfy fans bummed by the funk icon’s May cancellation of a show in Rockville. At 7 p.m. Friday at DAR Constitution Hall. $55-$75.
The latest Sofar video session takes place tonight at local event planners The Dunes’ new Columbia Heights space. Five bands, mostly local, all reliable. At 8 p.m. Friday at The Dunes. $9, but $5 if you have a ticket stub from the above U.S. Royalty/True Womanhood show.
Better dance option than anything above: New Orleans bounce artist Vockah Redu is at Comet with Heavy Breathing and DJ sets from Ian Svenonius and Kid Congo Powers. At 10:30 p.m. Friday at Comet Ping Pong. $10.
Twelve years ago, Zapp’s founding members died in an apparent murder-suicide when Larry Troutman allegedly shot his younger brother Roger Troutman, then shot himself in a car a few blocks away. There were no witnesses and no clear motive, but family members have speculated their deaths were the result of a business deal gone awry. These days, Zapp is anchored by Lester and Terry Troutman, who will bring a version of the once-influential funk act to Fort Dupont Park tonight. It will be fascinating to see how the band has soldiered on without its main innovator. One of the most recognizable aspects of Zapp’s sound was Roger Troutman’s robotic talk box, famously heard in the band’s singles “Computer Love,” “More Bounce to the Ounce,” and “Dance Floor.” If you think T-Pain invented Auto-Tune six years ago, think again: If it weren’t for Zapp, today’s pop singers might have no pitch correction to hide behind. (Marcus J. Moore. At 8 p.m. Saturday at Fort Dupont Park. Free.
If you read this blog you know all about The Cornel West Theory, but the group has its record release show Saturday with a killer lineup of local hip-hop: Kokayi, Gods’Illa, and DJ Underdog. At 7 p.m. Saturday at U Street Music Hall. $10.
I guess I assumed Hammer No More the Fingers was a metal band but it turns out they play melodic guitar pop. How bout that. At 10 p.m. Saturday at Velvet Lounge. $8.
I don’t exactly understand what D.C. Listening Lounge’s Sound Scene event is—-it promises “interactive audio installations, multimedia, and live bands”—-but it does feature some good music from BLK w/ Bear and Black Snake in the Daisy Patch. At 8 p.m. at Goethe-Institut. Free.
D.C.’s Cephalopods, the current band of Black Eyes’ Hugh McElroy, has an acoustic set in a museum. Expect something cool. At 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Free.
Tricia Olszewski would have you see Another Earth, a pseudo-sci-fi/pseudo romance whose notices have been positive and whose star and director are graduates of Georgetown.
FALLS CHURCH WAS BUILT ON ROCK ‘N’ ROLL
Jefferson Starship Friday at the State Theatre.