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4 shows to catch in the Washington area over the next several days

August 22, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Stevie Wonder will perform two “interactive” shows at the MGM National Harbor. (Josh Sisk for The Washington Post/)

Beach House

For more than a decade, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have been pop’s preeminent dreamweavers, continuing the legacy of Cocteau Twins and Mazzy Star with their gauzy, gossamer fantasies. The Baltimore-born duo has reliably released album after album, experimenting at the margins but mostly staying true to their well-established sound. That changed with “7,” the band’s most recent album, as they ditched their old processes and “decided to follow whatever came naturally,” as they said in a statement. The album finds them revitalized and adventurous — the same old Beach House, sure, but with a new coat of paint. Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Anthem. $38-$55.

New Order

Apart from a few brief hiatuses, New Order has been a going concern since rising from the ashes of Joy Division almost 40 years ago. With its mix of post-punk, synth-pop and dance music, the English act has gone from pioneer to elder statesman — with no signs of slowing down. In 2015, the band returned to form with “Music Complete,” its first album of new music in 10 years. And if last year’s live album “NOMC15” is any indication, New Order still delivers in concert, locking into the groove on old favorites and dazzling with a Joy Division “cover” or two. Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Anthem. $55-$95.

Stevie Wonder

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on music than Stevie Wonder, and on his latest tour, the Motown legend wants audiences to revisit the moments that his endless parade of hits has soundtracked. Wonder has asked attendees to bring the old records and family photos that remind them of the weddings, graduations, children born and loves sparked that they associate with his music. “They can describe them to me as I do the song,” Wonder said after a recent show. “It will be very interactive: BYLP, bring your LP.” Aug. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. $168-$295.

YBN Nahmir

YBN Nahmir’s origin story feels very Generation Z: Nahmir started his career not by rapping in his bedroom or in a makeshift studio, but by freestyling while playing “Grand Theft Auto” with friends. The Internet knows no borders, and the 18-year-old — despite being from Birmingham, Ala. — sounds like a product of the Bay Area, borrowing from such legends as E-40 and such contemporaries as Mozzy. Nahmir’s songs, especially breakthrough hit “Rubbin Off the Paint,” are all speaker-rupturing bass loops and, true to his backstory, street savagery fantasias straight outta “GTA.” Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live. $29.50-$164.

Chris Kelly is the co-author of "The Donald: How Trump Turned Presidential Politics into Pro Wrestling."

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