Jacquees ruffled the feathers of Diddy, Keith Sweat and other music veterans when he proclaimed himself as the King of R&B in December. His bold assertion is just par for the course for the confident 24-year-old singer, but that’s not to say that he dismisses his predecessors. His debut album, “4275,” is saturated with contributions from his formative influences, including Jermaine Dupri, Donell Jones and other notable names who dominated ’90s R&B and hip-hop. “B.E.D.” is the apex of how he blends his signature motifs with more familiar stylings — the song takes the bridge from Avant’s 2003 song “Read Your Mind” and transforms into a sultry slow jam with the help of Jacquees’s velvety-smooth vocals. March 3 at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring. $29.50.
There are two things that every rock star should avoid: helicopters and heroin. This is the advice that Citizen Cope received from Carlos Santana and that inspired the title of his new album, “Helicopters and Heroin,” his first release in seven years. After taking a hiatus from music, Citizen Cope has emerged an older, wiser songwriter who surveys his surroundings more intently and critically. On the album’s rollicking fourth song, “The River,” Citizen Cope grapples with society’s lack of empathy for those in need. He elaborates on this more aggressively in “Hours on End,” a moodier ballad conveying a universal sense of discontent and unrest among Americans in a time of political turmoil. March 3 at 7 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. $46.
Cass McCombs manages to say a lot — but yet so little — on his latest album. The singer-songwriter is a bit of an enigma when it comes to sharing details about his personal life, and he doubles down on this with his latest album, “Tip of the Sphere.” He traverses through a sprawling list of topics — capitalism, the apocalypse and death, for starters — while keeping the focus largely off himself. Through it all, he brazenly takes creative liberties with his rock-infused sound, adding brushstrokes of Americana, psychedelic rock, jazz and even spoken word on the dark and brooding “American Canyon Sutra.” “Tip of the Sphere” zigzags through a number of themes and soundscapes yet keeps a clear, grounded focus that never backs down. March 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Union Stage. $20-$22.
Last month, Ariana Grande became the first solo artist to simultaneously claim the top three spots on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, and Njomza helped make it happen. With songwriting credits on Grande’s No. 1 single, “7 Rings,” the budding R&B/pop star has the chops to craft slick, memorable hooks, which she delivers twofold on her 2018 Motown Records debut, “Vacation.” The EP is a sonic voyage around the globe — dance hall, reggae, UK garage and more worldly influences are sprinkled throughout. Unlike Grande, Njomza doesn’t have a chart-topping single of her own — yet — but she’s definitely onto something. March 6 at Songbyrd Music House at 8 p.m. $15-$20.