September’s biggest concerts: Jack White, Future Islands and more

With shows by everyone from XX producer Jamie xx to bounce and twerk progenitor Big Freedia, the next several weeks are all about eclectic choices. Which September shows should not be missed? A monster rocker and monster rapper, a festival and a couple of lesser-knowns on the cusp of the big time.

Jack White

Jack White performs at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012, in Austin, Texas.(Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)
Jack White is performing tracks from "Lazaretto," and the rest of his remarkable back catalogue at Merriweather Post Pavilion.  (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP)

At 39, Jack White is relatively young, but the erstwhile former White Stripes frontman is unquestionably already one of a handful of living rock gods. For this, you can credit both his punishing way with a guitar -- on view nightly on the tour that will bring him to Merriweather mid-month -- and his constant reinvention, from the kinetic blues-punk he delivered with the White Stripes through projects such as the Raconteurs and the glum Dead Weather. His latest incarnation finds him as simply Jack White, fronting a band of five equally rocking musicians and reeling through his sizable catalogue while bathed in what's becoming the tour's oft-noted, all-blue stage lights.
Buzz factor: 9. White's latest album (hard to believe, but it's only his second solo record), "Lazaretto," earned the distinction of being the best-selling vinyl album in 20 years.
Sept. 14 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. www.merriweathermusic.com. 877-435-9849. $40-$70.

Watch: "Lazaretto"

Priests

For those who remember, and love, when bands were noisy and unwashed, oh, 20 or 30 years ago, D.C. punk rockers Priests are proof that what's old can be new again. On the surface, the foursome sounds a bit like vintage Bikini Kill, with Katie Alice Greer shouting the lyrics with just enough clarity to still get its point across.
Buzz factor: 7. The city goes years, it seems, between truly earth-shaking punk bands. (The last, many will argue, was the late, great, Points.) Priests is one of them. The band spends much of the year on the road, so if you missed it at this summer's abbreviated Fort Reno summer concert series, be sure to catch Priests here.
Sunday at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.

Sucré

Sucre, Stacy King, will perform in the Washington, DC area. Credit: Bliss Braoudakis
Stacy King, who goes by Sucre, hits DC9. (Photo by Bliss Braoudakis)

As Sucré, Stacy King, one of the talented siblings who make up the Texas pop-rock act Eisley, almost manages to go incognito as an enigmatic chamber-pop singer. Eisley grazed the big time several years ago but never quite broke out, but Sucré, in some ways, seems better suited for King, who is free to explore the depths of her extraordinary siren's call of a voice without the deafening guitar surges that Eisley is known for. The result will remind some of Laura Marling's delicateness with the hypnotic timing of Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval. For the tour, California duo the Honey Trees opens for Sucré and serves as her backing band.
Buzz factor: 5. Sucré doesn't have much buzz behind it - "A Minor Bird," King's debut album with collaborator Jeremy Larson, was released two years ago -- and that's a shame. This tour, Sucre's first, should get music fans acquainted with an act to watch.
Sept. 12 at DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $10.
Watch: "Hiding Out" (live)

All Things Go Fall Classic

The Washington-New York music blog All Things Go is throwing a festival, dubbed the Fall Classic, this month at Union Market's Dock 5, and the lineup is packed with indie bands whose jams are made for dancing. Bands such as Haerts, with a sound best described as somewhere between Christopher Cross and Chvrches, and electro-pop singer Tove Lo round out the biggest names on the festival bill, but you can expect that it's headliner Future Islands, above, Baltimore's most emotive rock act, that will show the crowd a few moves.
Buzz factor: 8. Future Islands has packed its previous shows in the District, so tickets for this festival are, unsurprisingly, moving quickly.
Sept. 13 at Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. www.allthingsgofallclassic.com. $50-$60.

Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull

American rapper Pitbull performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
American rapper Pitbull performs during the second day of the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada September 22, 2012. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)

This summer was packed with mega-bills that gave fans extra incentive to plunk down as much as $100 for tickets that didn't get them anywhere near the stage. This is one of those bills: one night that promises two of Latin music's biggest crossover acts and two genres (pop and, in the case of Pitbull, below, flashy Latin rap).
Buzz factor: 8. It's not the first time the singer and rapper have made the rounds together. The pair, whose song "I'm a Freak" pushed a few boundaries this winter, last toured in 2011, pulling in more than $30 million in ticket sales. The Verizon Center show marks just the second date on this tour.
Sept. 13 at Verizon Center, 601 F St.NW. www.verizoncenter.com. $29.50-$152.50.
Watch: "I'm a Freak" (Editor's note: Explicit content)

Lavanya Ramanathan is a professional eater/drinker/thinker for Weekend and the Going Out Guide. University of Texas. Northwestern University. Rap fan.
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