When a group of Howard University music students needed extra money to cover housing costs, they decided to put their studies to the ultimate test and formed a band. There were only five members of Dupont Brass back in 2012, but the group has since grown to include keys, guitar, drums and vocals. The ensemble’s modern takes on jazz arrangements often include hip-hop nods and soulful flourishes. True to its name, January’s “Eclectic Soul” album reimagines the work of Miles Davis, Jay-Z and R&B crooner Donell Jones, deftly bridging the gap between past and present. For Dupont Brass, gone are the days of performing outside its namesake Metro station. Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. (doors) at Songbyrd Music House. $10-$15.
If Chicago’s aggressive drill rap style had a baby with the Midwest’s angsty emo, it would have grown up to be Juice WRLD. The 19-year-old Windy City native crafts the kind of music that lands right in the adolescent sweet spot between being lovesick and being high. His debut album, “Goodbye & Good Riddance,” released in May, picks up where his late peers XXXTentacion and Lil Peep left off: melodic rap for those who are perpetually and pathologically sad. With the success of his tumultuous single “Lucid Dreams” (which peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100), Juice WRLD may feel as if he’s screaming into the void, but there certainly are many people listening. Aug. 5 at 7 p.m. at Echostage. $30-$130.
Once hailed as “Africa’s premier diva,” Angélique Kidjo has routinely defied notions of what an African artist should sound like. In the hands of the Beninese artist, traditional melodies and elements are fused with American R&B and jazz or altogether transformed with the assistance of such collaborators as Alicia Keys, Josh Groban and Bono. But Kidjo’s latest album, “Remain in Light,” goes even further — it’s a song-for-song cover of the classic Talking Heads album of the same name. The music of Nigerian icon Femi Kuti inspired the rhythmic patterns of that 1980 landmark recording, but Kidjo’s new take returns them home. Meanwhile, the Reagan-era anxiety that permeated the original renditions feels familiar amid our current national unease, allowing Kidjo to carry herself like a source of ancestral power and a rare cross-cultural star. Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap. $28-$60.
For some musical groups, strength comes in numbers. For Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi of fraternal rap duo Rae Sremmurd, they’re compelling together or apart. After releasing two riotous albums — the second of which yielded 2016’s viral “Black Beatles” — the charismatic duo decided to try their hand at solo releases in May with “SR3MM,” a sprawling set featuring two individual projects and one joint effort. Each showcasing their respective strengths, Swae Lee’s “Swaecation” offered refined melodic pop while Slim Jxmmi’s “Jxmtro” presented freewheeling rap. It’s clear these two could easily thrive individually, but why party alone when you can bring a friend — or, in this case, a brother? Aug. 9 at 6 p.m. at Jiffy Lube Live. $30.75-$163.75.