Rapper Nas performs his classic debut album, “Illmatic,” with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in 2014. This month, they’ll appear at Wolf Trap. (Kyle Gustafson/for The Washington Post)

Since the band’s debut in 2007, Yeasayer has done its part to keep rock weird and wonderful, exploring the freakier corners of folk, embracing psychedelia and traversing the musical globe for sounds and rhythms. But on their fifth album, “Erotic Reruns,” the Brooklyn trio has a new focus, due in large part to the sobering effects of the 2016 presidential election. While the band still grooves, they are quicker to the point, both musically and lyrically. The group name-drops James B. Comey, Stephen Miller and Sarah Sanders, and lines such as “All your tantrums of misrule / Reveal the nature of the fool” don’t leave much room for interpretation. July 12 at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club. $30.

Nas and NSO

In baseball and hip-hop, heroes get remembered, but legends never die. In 1994, Nas — the King Poetic of the Queensbridge projects — debuted with “Illmatic” and carved his name among the latter group. “Illmatic” is one of the greatest albums of all time (in hip-hop or not), a perfect time capsule and the crystallization of a specific East Coast rap sound that still has plenty of devotees today. On the quarter-century anniversary of its release, Nas is embracing his elder-statesman status, teaming with the National Symphony Orchestra to commemorate the occasion in the grand style befitting a hip-hop legend. July 14 at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. Sold out.


Ever since breaking through on MySpace (yes, MySpace, back in the aughts), Yuna has seen her artistry grow and morph, from singer-songwriter fare to sunny, danceable pop to hip-hop- and R&B-inflected material that drew comparisons to Sade. From recent singles “Forevermore,” “Blank Marquee,” and “Pink Youth,” it sounds like the Malaysian singer is heading back to the dance floor on her new album, “Rouge.” As ever, her delicate soprano entreats listeners to boogie, and she still has an ear for eclectic dance partners, collaborating with Tyler, the Creator, Little Simz, and G-Eazy, among others. July 16 at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club. $25.

Jennifer Lopez, shown here performing in Las Vegas in June, brings her It's My Party tour to Washington. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images For ABA)
Jennifer Lopez

As far as pop culture stars go, they don’t come much bigger than Jennifer Lopez. Along with conquering film and television, “Jenny From the Block” has maintained a presence in the music world since the turn of the millennium. Her supernova status firmly ensconced, Lopez is hitting the road for her It’s My Party tour, a celebration of everything from breakthrough hits “If You Had My Love” and “Waiting for Tonight” to more recent contempo-pop like “Ain’t Your Mama” and “Medicine.” And if you’ve seen footage of her tour stops on social media, then you know that the former Fly Girl still has arena-ready dance moves. July 17 at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena. $49.95-$319.95.