Even though J.I.D. and EarthGang have christened their tour "Never Had S---," things seem to be turning around for the three Atlanta-based artists, who recently signed with J. Cole's Dreamville label. The duo EarthGang sprinkles its music with a bit of futuristic trap and down-home soul, creating something that is as intriguing as it is fun. Alternatively, their co-headliner and frequent collaborator, J.I.D., offers up lyrically driven raps that run counter to much of the fare coming from the hip-hop haven. As both embark on the next phase of their careers, they're sure to bring a little Southern comfort on their stop in Washington. Sunday at 6 p.m. at Songbyrd. $18-$20.
It's been 15 years since the Used broke out with its self-titled debut album and forever changed the emo/screamo world. The band celebrated the milestone with a worldwide tour last year, but for this go around, it's all about its latest release, "The Canyon." In what may be the Used's most vulnerable release to date, grief is distilled through the poignancy of Bert McCracken's voice, set to equally affecting instrumentation. It's the kind of music that makes you want to rage and cry all at once, and, honestly, is there ever a bad time for that? With Glassjaw on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Fillmore. $37.
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have been touring together for a few decades in what Hiatt calls the "little Smothers Brothers comedy show." It's not all music with these two masters of Americana and folk; their banter and observational humor is worth the ticket price alone. The stripped-down show is an opportunity to admire the sheer beauty of their pens while getting to know the personalities behind them. Nothing says autumn like an acoustic set with some of music's most revered singer-songwriters — the only thing missing is the fireplace. Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. Shows are sold out.
You'd be hard-pressed to find someone (of a certain age, of course) who doesn't remember Janet Jackson's iconic "Rhythm Nation" or HBO's airing of her "Velvet Rope" tour. Both moments are cemented in the annals of pop culture and staples of a career that has spanned 35 years. After postponing her "Unbreakable" tour to become a mother, Jackson has revamped her act and hit the road. Her latest outing promises an up-to-date version of the superstar at her best, combining the political with the party. Thursday at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena. $39-$766.