With 2016’s “American Band,” the Drive-By Truckers left no ambiguity about where they stood on the political landscape, tackling racial injustice and gun violence with a decidedly anti-Trump attitude. The band didn’t pull any punches — even if it cost them fans — and the days since the election have only steeled their resolve. Take last year’s “The Perilous Night”: Sonically, it’s classic Truckers, with its Southern-rock riff, honky-tonk piano, chug-chug-chug rhythm section and the heavy-hearted twang of Patterson Hood. But it’s Hood’s lyrics that hit hardest: “Dumb, white and angry with their cup half filled/ Running over people down in Charlottesville/ White House fury, it’s the killing side he defends.”
Feb.8 at 8 p.m. at the Anthem. $40-$75.
Only BbyMutha can promise, “I might pull up with my pistol and some baby wipes” and pull it off; apart from being one of the best, most prolific DIY rappers around, the 29-year-old talent is also the mother of two sets of twins. And while the challenges of motherhood crop up in her songs, her unflinching and unapologetic lyrics also tackle relationships, sex and the rap game, all in her elastic Chattanooga drawl. Witness her down-to-earth realness firsthand at a show that doubles as an album release party and a ball-inspired competition, with such categories as “Virgin Runway” and “Goth Realness.”
Feb. 9 at 11 p.m. at Songbyrd. Sold out.
Estelle is best known for “American Boy,” but her latest album is all about Jamaica and Great Britain. “Lovers Rock” is a celebration of the music the West Londoner grew up listening to: the eponymous flavor of reggae that looked for liberation through romance, if not overt, Rastafarian politics. The sound flourished in London’s sound system scene, and Estelle’s father even had a hand in the work of “Lovers Rock” originator Louisa Mark. On her album, Estelle lives up the genre’s spirit but updates the sound, collaborating with reggae stars like Kranium, Konshens and HoodCelebrityy but drawing from a wider range of music, from the Caribbean and beyond.
Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. $29.50.
After trafficking in spaced-out, lo-fi garage rock on their first album, Cherry Glazerr returned with “Apocalypstick” in 2017 and sounded buffed and polished, as if hardened by political realities (the album was released on Inauguration Day). On the just-released “Stuffed & Ready,” the band has shifted again, going loud-quiet-loud as 22-year-old frontwoman Clementine Creevy gives patriarchy the finger. This is actually the second version of the album after the band scrapped the original and started over. “I wanted to be questioned, to rip my songs apart and look at their guts and pour myself open again,” Creevy said. “And I wanted it to sound massive.”
Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $20.