Brooklyn duo Uniform performs at Black Cat on Saturday. (Samantha Marble)


When the hardcore duo Uniform set off in search of musical inspiration for their latest album, they found an unlikely source: Bruce Springsteen. The Brooklyn thrashers teamed with Providence heavies The Body to conjure the ferocious “Everything That Dies Someday Comes Back” — a turn of phrase from one of the Boss’s all-time great yarns, “Atlantic City.” You won’t get the same melodies as you do from Springsteen as you adjust your ears to the harsh howls between the two bands, but that’s intentional. If you sift through the pounding industrial sounds, you’ll find a gem about embracing the battle that, against all odds, some problems won’t simply go away — and that’s okay. Saturday at 8 p.m. (doors) at Black Cat. $20.

Danny Gatton tribute

The music of Danny Gatton, like pretty much all the best things about D.C., wasn’t just a singular experience, but rather something meant to be admired by all. The District-born guitarist graced our sonic frequencies with his blending of blues and rockabilly riffs to create a distinct brand of what was referred to as hillbilly jazz. It has been 25 years since his death, so a mess of local Gatton disciples, including guitarist Dave Chappell and drummer Big Joe Maher, will commune to deliver a fittingly boogying tribute to the guitar virtuoso. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. $25.

Harpist Brandee Younger will perform at the opening festival for the Reach, the Kennedy Center’s new annex. (Erin Patrice O'Brien)

Brandee Younger

Album titles aren’t always supposed to be so on the nose, but the latter word of Brandee Younger’s latest album, “Soul Awakening,” sure seems to fit the path of her career. The 36-year-old harpist has already collaborated with her share of accomplished jazz peers, including Pharoah Sanders and Ravi Coltrane — she has even released albums on the legendary labels Blue Note and Impulse. But 2019’s “Soul Awakening” is a self-released effort that dazzles, as the accompanying bass, percussion and saxophones all masterfully stay in orbit around the sheer force of Younger’s harp. And for the cherry on top, one of Younger’s compositions, “Hortense,” was featured earlier this year in Beyoncé’s documentary “Homecoming.” Sunday at 6 p.m. at Studio K of the Reach . All passes claimed.


If you’re ready to get your breath taken away on the dance floor — maybe literally — turn your attention to the dizzying sounds summoned by Jlin. The Gary, Ind.-based producer started in 2015 by fashioning her own spin on footwork, a style of dance music created in nearby Chicago that encourages, in technical terms, going absolutely wild with your feet in the club. “Black Origami,” released in 2017, is in a class of its own as a wonderfully idiosyncratic swirling of almost unearthly sounds that somehow remains quite danceable. Thursday at 10:30 p.m. (doors) at U Street Music Hall. $10-$20.