It has been 50 years since the acclaimed horn section of Tower of Power roared to the forefront of R&B, designing blasts of melody specifically for fiery live performances. When the Oakland outfit was at its most powerful, its funky brass sounds could be heard on stages and on wax alongside the likes of Elton John, Santana and Aerosmith. As the sound of the charts shuffled and reshuffled, with few constant members sticking with the group — founder Emilio Castillo being the nucleus — Tower of Power has still managed to carve out enough space to challenge the synthetic sounds of the day. Everything may change around them, but this band plays on. June 22 and 23 and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere. $55.
Some artists earn success through their commitment to consistency. Others, like Paramore, have reinvented themselves, breathing new life into a long career. When the band, led by vocalist (and only permanent member) Hayley Williams, arrived in 2005, it was a zippy punk outfit. Songs such as “Misery Business” and “Crushcrushcrush,” from the band’s sophomore album, “Riot!,” quickly became genre staples at a time when emo-style music was at its commercial peak. Now in its second act, Paramore has traded in aughties punk for ’80s new wave made of cheery synthesizers and warm vocals. Angst still prevails in the lyrics, but the music surrounding it could back a nostalgic montage in a happy teen movie. Then again, if punk is about going left when everyone else shifts right, perhaps little has changed at all. June 23 at 7 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. $45-$86.
Countless teenage hearts shattered when One Direction announced its hiatus in 2016, but the solo career of Harry Styles promptly arrived to fill the void. With only a single album to his name, Styles has already proved capable of thriving on his own. His 2017 namesake debut sloughed off his reputation as a boy-band heartthrob for that of a guitar-toting troubadour, furnishing sticky pop in soft-rock clothing. And although few have managed the transition from group to solo act as seamlessly — convincing us of Styles’s maturity without sacrificing quality — the road ahead is much longer than the one he’s left behind. June 24 at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena. $39.50-$99.50.
For Baltimore native Josiah Wise, otherwise known as Serpentwithfeet, love isn’t just fodder for song lyrics. His interpretation of the universal language sounds much like how the experience feels: engulfing, messy and beautiful all at the same time. “Soil,” his debut album, is fashioned into an altar where the 29-year-old singer worships at love’s feet. He creates an arresting blend of pagan gospel and experimental R&B, baked in equal parts sin and soul. June 25 at 8 p.m. at DC9. $12-$14.