Since 1992, Evoken has been a pioneer and purveyor of funeral-doom metal, a genre that’s exactly what it says on the tin. This is metal at its gloomiest, with John Paradiso’s gravel-chewing growl leading the way through the muck. The band’s latest album, “Hypnagogia,” takes its name from the transition from wakefulness to sleep, and while the sludgy tempos might slow down your nervous system, such double-length dirges as “Valorous Consternation” and “The Weald of Perished Men” aren’t built for slumber. Evoken kicks off the Decibel Metal & Beer Fest at Washington’s best venue for both, the Atlas Brew Works tank room. April 5 at 7 p.m. at Atlas Brew Works. $15-$20.
With a rich voice in the tradition of Amy Winehouse and Adele, Jess Glynne is a compelling addition to the lineage of British blue-eyed soulsters. Her first brush with fame came when she contributed vocals to Euro house throwbacks like Route 94’s “My Love” and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” topping British charts. Glynne quickly turned that into solo success with a parade of electronically charged dance pop. Not content to be a house diva, Glynne dispensed with the dance floor fillers of her debut album, “I Cry When I Laugh,” for the slickly produced electro-pop of “Always in Between,” singing to an even bigger audience. April 5 at 6:30 p.m. (doors) at Lincoln Theatre. Sold out.
With her starmaking turn as Celie in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple,” Cynthia Erivo got herself three-quarters of the way to an EGOT, winning an Emmy, Grammy and a Tony. The British singer-songwriter-actress heads to the Kennedy Center and joins the National Symphony Orchestra and principal pops conductor Steven Reineke to show off those award-winning pipes. The classically trained Erivo will traverse the history of female soul singers, covering Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Beyoncé and more. And after stealing the show by running through “Widows” and singing through “Bad Times at the El Royale,” the “O” is sure to follow. April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center. $29-$109.
There’s never been a better time for female rappers, as a whole class of young talent makes waves across the country and upends the traditionally and persistently male-dominated genre. Plus, they’re often doing it the old-fashioned way: capturing attention by freestyling over hit songs and making them their own. Take Tokyo Jetz, a fire-spitting rapper from Jacksonville, Fla., that flipped Yo Gotti’s “Down in the DM” on Instagram and ended up with a contract with T.I.’s Grand Hustle label. “They told me be humble,” she raps defiantly on “The One.” “I’m like for what?” April 7 at 8 p.m. at MilkBoy ArtHouse. $18-$100.