Local R&B/soul/hip-hop dynamo Maimouna Youssef impressed us this summer at Carter Barron Amphitheatre when she headlined the first Going Out Guide Weekend concert, and she has done it again with the release of her debut album, “The Blooming.” The vibrant collection of songs finds Youssef brimming with confidence as a vocalist, but her talents as an arranger are equally noteworthy. From the sultry, bluesy crawl of “Black Magic Woman” to the horn-fueled hip-hop of “You Ain’t Hard” and the slow and seductive R&B of “I Got a Man,” every track is an impressive showcase of the up-and-coming performer. Youssef celebrates the release of “The Blooming” with a concert at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. 240-567-5000. cms.montgomerycollege.edu/cac. $15.
The Rapture is touring as a band for the first time in a few years. We tip our hats to the New York punk-funk group for teaching the indie kids how to dance in the early 2000s, when “House of Jealous Lovers” — a revved-up combination of disco and post-punk full of percolating bass, thumping drums, echo-laden guitar and an insistent cowbell — exploded out of the too-cool Williamsburg scene and started showing up on hip DJ playlists. Coupled with LCD Soundsystem and Justice vs. Simian’s “We Are Your Friends,” rock-loving 20-somethings realized that it wasn’t wrong to move to a groove, and now dance parties proliferate at indie-minded nightspots. The band’s sound has expanded over the past three albums — check out the ’90s house piano loops and chugging percussion on the latest single, “How Deep Is Your Love” — even if its current output isn’t as memorable as its hits from a few years ago. One thing is certain, though: The band’s bass-heavy grooves are guaranteed party-starters. DJs Dave P (of New York’s Fixed), Sammy Slice (of Philly’s Making Time), Simon Phoenix and Stereo Faith (of Baltimore’s Taxlo) open.
Sunday at 9 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. www.ustreetmusichall.com. 202-588-1880. $15 in advance; $18 at the door.
With the undefeated Redskins atop the NFC East, Dallas Week means something again. If you’re looking for a way to get in the spirit for Monday’s game against the Cowboys, check out Meridian Pint’s tailgate barbecue. It’s a fundraiser for the D.C. Firefighters Burn Foundation, a charity that provides support and assistance to burn victims. Grab some ’cue from the firefighters manning the smoker on the patio, then grab a $4 can of D.C. Brau Public Ale or head inside to find all six D.C. Brau beers on tap. (The new Atlas Fest Oktoberfest beer is a standout.) Kickoff in Dallas is at 8:30 p.m., and you can watch the action on numerous TVs in the basement bar. During the game, pints of D.C. Brau are $4 and all appetizers are 25 percent off, as are any of the bar’s large bottles of beer.
Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW. 202-588-1075. www.meridianpint.com. Free.
Ty Segall comes from the fertile garage-rock scene of San Francisco, where fuzzed-out bands are as common as the fog. Segall, a young dude with long, blond surfer hair, is one of the standouts, and he seems to be just entering his prime with his recent album, “Goodbye Bread.” The songs are slowed down a bit, which allows the melodies to come to the forefront. His voice is also a prime weapon for the first time, shifting from a vulnerable falsetto to a throaty roar that recalls John Lennon. Psychedelic local Sun Wolf and Segall’s San Fran buddy Mikal Cronin open the show at Comet Ping Pong.
Monday at 9 p.m. Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-0404. www.cometpingpong.com. $10.