Nils Frahm wrote and recorded a vast amount of music for his last album, 2018’s “All Melody,” but when whittling 60 compositions down into the album’s dozen, the Berlin-based composer was left with more than just scraps and leftovers. He has since released two EPs of this material, exploring solo piano and harmonium on “Encores 1,” and lush, ambient soundscapes on “Encores 2.” Frahm describes the EPs as “musical islands” that complement the album, and appropriately enough, he recorded the latter EP in an amplified stone well he found on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca. March 24 at 7 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. $30.
There’s no pop star better suited for the everything-all-the-time era than Ariana Grande, who dropped two chart-topping albums in the span of six months. First up was the effervescent, life-affirming “Sweetener,” animated by the near-future production of Pharrell Williams. Then she returned with an even more zeitgeist-friendly album, “Thank U, Next,” finding herself more empowered and hip-hop-inspired than before. That this high-gloss pop was created in the wake of sadness and even tragedy — the bombing of her 2017 concert in Manchester, the death of ex-beau Mac Miller, her breakup with fiance Pete Davidson — gives gravity to her stratospheric songs. March 25 at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena. $235-$255.
Thebe Kgositsile — best known as Earl Sweatshirt — is ready for a change. “Figuring out how you can be radical from within the system breaks your head,” he told Pitchfork in January. “Only so much can happen aboveground.” His most recent dispatch was the deceptively titled “Some Rap Songs,” a masterful album that’s almost impossibly dense with lyrics and chopped-up samples, and only clocks in at 25 claustrophobic minutes. But, finally free from his major-label deal — and possibly his moniker and the associations it comes with — Kgositsile seems poised to somehow get even riskier. March 26 at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring. $30.
As his mix tape titles say, “Life Is Eazi” for Mr. Eazi. The Nigerian singer-songwriter makes what he calls “Banku music,” combining Ghanaian high life, Nigerian melodies and American hip-hop and R&B into a dance-floor-ready, goes-down-easy mélange. The 27-year-old talent is a key part of the burgeoning Afrobeats scene that has taken West African club music on a tour of the diaspora, or — as his mix tape titles maintain — from “Accra to Lagos” and from “Lagos to London.” The key to Eazi’s success: a laid-back, languid delivery that guides listeners through his sweltering grooves. March 27 at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring. $25-$75.