For more than a decade, the Coathangers have churned out no-nonsense garage punk. The minimalist approach seemed to suit the Atlanta power trio, but before recording their sixth album, “The Devil You Know,” the band took a step back, giving its process a spit-shine. “Everything that came before had to go away,” said guitarist-vocalist Julia Kugel. “Whatever hang-up, whatever thing we were holding onto, it had to go away. And we started there, at ground zero.” The result? An album that blasts the band’s punk fury through a classic pop prism and has only made its songs more powerful and poignant, such as album standout “F the NRA.” April 19 at 8 p.m. at DC9. $12-$15.
Back in 1995, OutKast’s Andre 3000 reminded the Source Awards — and the hip-hop world writ large — that the South had something to say. That’s still true, and the conversation Andre was trying to start was born in “the Dungeon,” the basement studio run by Organized Noize. The production trio masterminded the soulful, sample-free sound that animated early OutKast and Goodie Mob records, and paved the way for a generation of Southern rap and R&B. Those groups — and later additions like Future and Killer Mike — make up the Dungeon Family, members of whom are keeping the convo going on this tour. April 22 at 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre. $40-$75.
Since coming out as transgender in 2012, Laura Jane Grace has been a public advocate for trans issues. The Against Me! singer-guitarist made gender and sexuality an explicit focus of the politically charged band on a pair of albums, “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” and “Shape Shift With Me.” But not every one of her songs deals with those issues or is well suited for Against Me’s anarcho-punk attack. With that in mind, Grace went solo for “Bought to Rot,” a self-described “mix tape” of angular punk attacks, classic rock riffs and barroom singalongs that recall everyone from Nirvana and the Cure to Tom Petty and the Mountain Goats. April 23 at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel. $25.
Jon Hopkins makes instrumental electronic music, but don’t mistake it for background noise. “Someone will say, I went to do some cooking and put it on, and ended up sitting down and listening to the whole thing,” he told the New Yorker last year. “Obviously, that’s what you want — you’ve captured them.” The 39-year-old Brit has been capturing listeners for years with his expansive albums, film-score compositions and collaborations with Brian Eno and Coldplay. His 2013 album “Immunity” was a breakthrough, bounding between lush, ambient textures and wobbly beats. Hopkins continued that journey on last year’s future-facing “Singularity.” April 24 at 7 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. $25.