Fri.You'd be hard-pressed to find someone with his fingerprints on more hits in the past year or so than Pharrell Williams. It seems like every time a hot new R&B song pops up, he either produced it, did a cameo on it or it's one of his own numbers. He's at Love (202-636-9030). . . . Another hot show takes place at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930) when "PlayStation Presents The Breed Love Odyssey Tour" takes the stage. The lineup features the ever-excellent Talib Kweli; talented Jean Grae, who always seems poised for a breakthrough but never quite makes it over the wall; actor, rapper and generally charismatic star Mos Def; and the underrated Pharoahe Monch. There's a second helping of the tour on Saturday night. . . . Bluegrass fans are always happy for a chance to hear the Seldom Scene. The group is at the Birchmere (703-549-7500) along with Dry Branch Fire Squad on Friday and Saturday. . . . Atlantik with Destra Garcia will have the crowd shimmying to the soca beat at Crossroads (301-927-1056). . . . Consistently adept at building a set, DJ Icey is spinning at Cubik at Nation (202-554-1500). . . . Mary Prankster is doing a set of farewell shows. The Baltimore-based rocker is hanging it up after 10 years and four albums that have earned her a loyal local following. You can say so long at Jammin' Java (703-255-1566) or, on Saturday, at Fletcher's (410-558-1889) -- or catch both shows if you're into long goodbyes. . . . The Grandsons are recording a live album at the Barns at Wolf Trap (703-218-6500). Along with the rollicking group's usual lineup, there will be a host of guests, including Scott McKnight, Diana Keene, Derek Huston and Jon Carroll. Should be quite a party.
Sat.If you have a toddler, you and your kid need to be at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage (202-467-4600) for a show by Sandra Boynton. She's the illustrator and author of such books as "Moo, Baa, La La La!" "Blue Hat, Green Hat" and (a personal fave) "Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!" She's also a composer and lyricist, and she's performing her family-friendly music in what's being billed as "a sing-along, dance-along, quack-along showcase." . . . Recent sounds from Funkstorung have been a bit more accessible, incorporating hip-hop and pop flavor into the group's generally spare techno approach. Check it out at Club Five (202-331-7123). . . . The illustrious Deep Dish is at Glow at Fur (202-487-7006). Dubfire and Sharam are planning a six-hour set for your aural pleasure. . . . It's an "El Festival de la Salsa" at the Washington Hilton Hotel (tickets available at DCticketcharge.com), featuring Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Jose Alberto and Alquimia.
Tues.The always interesting Bob Mould does a solo gig at the Birchmere (703-549-7500). Also appearing is Kristin Hersh. . . . Accomplished bassist Stanley Clarke is at Rams Head Tavern (410-268-5111) in Annapolis. The show is part of BET Jazz's filming of "On the Road With Stanley Clarke" to air next year.
Weds.I've generally been a fan of Morcheeba so it'll be interesting to hear the group's new direction. Touring for the first time in three years, the group is relying less on produced samples and programmed beats than it did in its trip-hop days and instead is employing more live instrumentation with more of a rock feel. Morcheeba is the early show at the 9:30 club (202-393-0930). . . . You probably think that in their heyday Hall & Oates were either fine practitioners of blue-eyed soul or prime examples of '80s cheesiness. You're right either way -- they could sing (they've got 29 Top 40 hits to their credit), but, man, they made some awfully ridiculous videos. They're at Rams Head Live (410-727-5151) in Baltimore.
Thurs.A Spottiswoode & His Enemies show is often spectacle enough so color me intrigued by the thought of the group playing at Elizabeth's on L (202-347-8040), which is more often the site of wedding receptions and banquets than surreal pop shows.
-- Curt Fields