Southern California rapper-singer Anderson .Paak will play a sold-out show at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. (Israel Ramos)

In 2001, it was as if an entire flood of emo-affected punk music had been unleashed into the mainstream with a simple sound: pop-pop. It came from the New Jersey punks Thursday, a band that laid the groundwork for emo to come with its 2001 album “Full Collapse.” The album’s standout track, “Understanding in a Car Crash,” started with a double snare hit that set singer Geoff Rickly off on an excavation of every personal tragedy and unresolved feeling that coursed through his being. Thursday will play the album in full during the first night of a two-night stand at Union Stage. The second night is a performance of the band’s expansive 2003 follow-up, “War All the Time.” Feb. 15 (sold out) and 16 at 8:30 p.m. at Union Stage. $35-$49 per night.


The current wave of SoundCloud rap tries to blur and transcend the regionalism found in most contemporary hip-hop. It’s less about where you come from, and more about how far your sound can travel across the Internet. The 21-year-old Florida rapper Wifisfuneral ticks off a few of SoundCloud rap’s stylistic boxes: lo-fi production; flows that rarely waver from the same booming inflection; and a general chaotic urgency. His most recent effort, “Conn3ct3d,” a collaborative album with tourmate Robb Banks, attempts to create a mood that matures beyond SoundCloud, but with mixed results. Still, the two make for an interesting pair. At 24, Banks is something of an elder statesman (his first buzzed-about mixtape dropped in 2012 when he was 17), while Wifisfuneral recently earned a coveted spot on XXL Magazine’s 2018 freshman list — a harbinger of mainstream success. Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. at Milkboy Arthouse. $20-$50.

Julia Holter

This Los Angeles singer-songwriter has spent her past five studio albums striking a balance between surgically composed soundscapes and ethereal vocals that hover above the ambient melodies she plays on her keyboard. Holter’s keyboard playing can summon otherworldly vibrations as easily as she evokes baroque classical works. Her latest album, “Aviary,” is packed with tracks that explore the range of her sonic signature, as if she’s exorcising spirits from a church organ. One song begins with a nearly four-minute bagpipe drone before giving way to tenderly hushed vocals. Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $17.

Anderson .Paak

No one has more fun at an Anderson .Paak concert than the man himself. Still, his fans usually feel compelled to vibe along to the rapper-singer’s shiny tunes, which drip with magnetic charm, whether Paak is singing in a glimmering voice that feels tailored for summer-soaked days, or playing drums in his soulful train of a band, the Free Nationals. The prodigious 32-year-old has earned co-signs from Los Angeles hip-hop luminaries Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar, and both appear on Paak’s latest album “Oxnard,” which concludes a trilogy of albums that serve as love letters to the beaches they were named for. Feb. 20 at 8 p.m. at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Sold out.