JID knows where he comes from, rapping “I’m from East Atlanta like Gucci and Travis Porter,” but origin isn’t destiny for the 28-year-old rapper. Instead of the moody trap rap that has become homogenized in his city and beyond, JID is finding his own path to stardom. He favors a ratatat, internal-rhyme-heavy flow reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar, and lush, jazz- and soul-inflected boom-bap beats. He raps that his “story is similar to the hare and the tortoise,” and with a spot on the XXL Freshman list and a deal with J. Cole’s Dreamville imprint, he’s winning the race on his own terms.
May 3 at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring. $25.
On 2017’s “Boy in a Well,” the Yawpers told the tale of a boy who lives in France during World War I after being abandoned by his mother, using a concept album to process real-life fallout from childhood abuse and a failed marriage. Heady stuff, but perhaps not unexpected from a Denver psychobilly trio that takes its name from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” The Yawpers play blues like punks or punk like bluesmen, and on new album “Human Question,” they alternate between cathartic, raucous rockers and downtempo diversions that slow dance through pain, each with their own kind of poetry.
May 4 at 8 p.m. at Pearl Street Warehouse. $12.
As TR/ST, Winnipeg-born, L.A.-based singer-songwriter Robert Alfons makes black-clad music known by a handful of evocative genre signifiers: synth-pop or goth-pop, coldwave or darkwave, and so on. Whatever you call it, the music of TR/ST is built for darkened dance floors, Alfons’s haunting voice piercing through a veil of synthesized melodies and industrial, drum machine rhythms. On his first album in five years, “The Destroyer,” Alfons is aiming for epic, releasing the album in two parts. The first half percolates with hints of hope, but don’t worry: He has promised that part two will be even darker.
May 5 at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $17.
The iconic cover of Santigold’s self-titled debut — on which she seems to vomit gold glitter — is a perfect metaphor for the album, on which Santi White and company digested disparate strands of electro, punk, new wave and reggae and belched out something glistening and new. A highlight of the aughts New York scene that birthed it, the album is loaded with anthems for older millennials, including “L.E.S. Artistes” and “You’ll Find A Way,” and its reach was extended when sampled by Jay-Z and Drake. And while White has stayed active since, it’s this album that is most deserving of an anniversary tour.
May 6 at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring. $40.