Quiet storm — the none-more-smoother R&B format — originated in 1976 on Howard University’s WHUR radio station, and while its popularity has waned over the years, recent times have seen a revival of sorts. Among the proponents of this soulful crooning is Xavier Omar, a singer from San Antonio who ponders the peaks and pitfalls of love and lust over downtempo grooves. His latest album, “Moments Spent Loving You,” finds him teaming with frequent collaborator Sango, a DJ-producer who has helped forge new sounds in R&B, hip-hop and dance music with the Soulection collective. Monday at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring. $22.
The Menzingers formed when its members were teenagers, and as the band has grown up, so have their lyrical concerns. On their well-received 2017 album “After the Party,” the group wondered, “Where are we [going to] go now that our 20s are over?” And on their latest release, “Hello Exile,” the question becomes, “How do I steer my early 30s, before I shipwreck, before I’m 40?” For the Scranton-born, Philadelphia-based four-piece, the answer is to aim their jukebox-ready punk cannon at the world around them: “With all of my anger I scream and shout, America, I love you but you’re freaking me out.” Wednesday at 7 p.m. (doors) at the Black Cat. Sold out.
As Circuit des Yeux, Haley Fohr has explored everything from atonal noise to experimental folk to baroque orchestration, all in the service of her robust, four-octave vocal range. The Chicago-based singer-songwriter even dabbled in country music, donning a cowboy hat and a new “Jackie Lynn” persona on a 2016 album of the same name. And by the time she returned to Circuit des Yeux with 2017’s “Reaching For Indigo,” all these disparate strands had come together into something both personal and universal. She will perform as part of the Hirshhorn’s “Awareness Through Absence” program, tackling “quietude and silence in an intimate space.” Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Free.