Tobe Nwigwe is from Houston, but he often sounds like Atlanta — specifically, an OutKast of his own, with both the deep tones of Big Boi and the consonance waterfalls of Andre 3000. The Nigerian American former college football standout’s verbose, lyrical style is a throwback, but the intricate, head-spinning beats by his producer, Nell, are from the future, whether wavy, wobbly or weaponized. No matter the beat, his syllables tumble forth, his message clear. “I spit classics, complex progressions/ My whole flow is bebop/ I bless demographics with lessons ’cause my bars are Sheetrock,” Nwigwe raps on “Heat Rock.” Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. Sold out.
On Caroline Rose’s first two albums, 2013’s Kickstarted “America Religious” and 2014’s “I Will Not Be Afraid,” the raspy-voiced singer-songwriter-storyteller was an Americana original, mixing alt-country, folk and rockabilly, and penning tales of men born with pistols in their hands and blood on their boot heels. But this year’s “Loner” sounds like an entirely different artist: Although the warm voice and witty, world-worn lyrics are the same, Rose has painted with a new sonic palette. “I’m never gonna figure it out/ No I’m never gonna try again/ If all of this is just more of the same thing,” she sings. Thankfully, it isn’t. Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. at the Miracle Theatre. $15.
Perhaps lost among similarly named indie-rock acts Soccer Mommy, Mom Jeans, Teen Mom and Single Mothers is Adult Mom, the solo project-turned-band led by Stephanie Knipe. Born in a dorm room at SUNY Purchase, Adult Mom is Knipe’s outlet for exploring life’s vulnerable places. That was the case on the band’s 2015 breakthrough, “Momentary Lapse of Happily,” an album forged in the fire of “three consecutive breakups,” and on last year’s “Soft Spots”: “I feel softness everywhere/ Soft spots that need to be found.” Listen as Knipe searches for such spots — whether theirs or yours. Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat. $25.
Cécile McLorin Salvant’s last name is spelled with an “L,” but you’d be forgiven for spelling it “savant.” The 29-year-old Miami-born jazz singer has been racking up accolades since winning the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition at 21; two Grammys for best jazz vocal album have followed. Drawing comparisons to such legends as Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald, Salvant is equally adept at re-creating standards in her own image and making her own compositions sound like classics. Expect the latter at the D.C. premiere of her original song cycle, “Ogresse,” a collaboration with arranger and conductor Darcy James Argue. Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center . Sold out.