May 18: The Weeknd
Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW; Thu., 7:30 p.m., $39.50-$115.
The Starboy himself returns to Verizon Center on Thursday for his second headlining set at the arena. For his latest tour, The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfaye) is mixing songs from throughout his career with occasional covers of songs by Future, Ty Dolla $ign and Nav. There’s also a massive, spaceship-like lighting rig to keep you visually engaged during the show.
May 19: Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $25.
Karl Denson — whose brass prowess earned him a gig as The Rolling Stones’ saxophone player — is back on the road with his band, Tiny Universe, to preview material from a new album due later this year. You can also expect some of Denson’s signature covers of songs by Prince and the Beastie Boys, as well as an appearance by keyboardist Melvin Seals, who will sit in throughout the night.
May 19-21: ‘Babel: A Full Dome Projection’
David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington; Fri.-Sun., various times, free (registration via Eventbrite required).
“Babel” is the kind of show you can just lie back and enjoy — literally. In her animated video, Baltimore artist Kelley Bell set images of famous domes to Yeveto’s song “Many Horses.” Music and pictures combine on a planetarium’s domed ceiling for a five-minute tour of locations like the Pantheon in Rome and the U.S. Capitol.
May 20: Gov’t Mule
Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW; Sat., 8:30 p.m., $33.50-$38.50.
Warren Haynes, second from left, and his longtime band Gov’t Mule will drop their 10th studio album, “Revolution Come … Revolution Go,” on June 9. In the meantime, the Southern rock group is previewing the new material on a tour that stops Saturday at the Warner Theatre and should include plenty of Mule’s patented mix of covers (think Radiohead, Led Zeppelin and Van Morrison).
May 20: Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW; Sat., 8 p.m., $16-$21.
Last fall, the upstate New York-based band’s latest album, “Make It Better,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s reggae albums chart. That should come as no surprise to fans who have been following the reggae rock group’s blossoming career since 2001. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad returns to the Hamilton on Saturday for a show that will feature songs from the new record — like the blissed-out single “Signs.”
May 20: Breaking Biscuits
Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW; Sat., 9 p.m., $25-$27.
Formed as a one-off during last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive festival, Breaking Biscuits is a collaboration between electronic rock bands Break Science and the Disco Biscuits. At that first show, the group — bassist Marc Brownstein, keyboardist Aron Magner, drummer Adam Deitch and keyboardist Borahm Lee — added improv to covers of Daft Punk, Air and RJD2 songs.