Chuck Brown died in 2012, but the Godfather of Go-Go’s memory lives on throughout the District in murals, a street name, a park and the air pumped out by car stereos. Yet the true flame of Chuck Brown and his music is kept burning by the Chuck Brown Band, led by Frank “Scooby” Sirius. The so-called Godson of Go-Go and company are the best way for Washingtonians to experience go-go the way it’s meant to be — live, in concert — and where better to do that than at City Winery, an upscale venue born out of the ashes of dearly departed super-club Love.
Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. at City Winery. $30.
The best musicians can make the past sound like the future, shifting focus to reveal something unseen amid the familiar — the sonic equivalent of Magic Eye illusions. One such artist is Abra, a singer-producer who melts down R&B and darkwave from the ’80s into ice-cold, lo-fi seduction. Her DIY approach has made her a mainstay of the transgressive Atlanta art collective Awful Records, but she’s started to branch out, co-starring in the gonzo high school satire “Assassination Nation.” For the film’s soundtrack, she contributed “B.R.A.T.,” singing, “You gonna give it to me/ I’m doing what I wanna do/ and you can’t tell me” anything.
Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. Sold out.
Sure, T-Rextasy describe themselves as “Dashing Dino Dames” and named their albums “Jurassic Punk” and “Prehysteria,” but don’t get it twisted: The New York band isn’t some dinosaur-obsessed novelty act. Instead, think of T-Rextasy as deflating a self-serious DIY scene by sucking the helium out of the party balloons. The foursome — Lyris Faron on vocals, Annie Fidoten on bass, Ebun Nazon-Power on drums and Vera Kahn on guitar — has been excavating jangly power pop (or “rock-and-lol,” in their words) since 2014, hiding substance behind levity as they satirize pet names, coffee dates, Etsy, gap years and a very specific bourgeois experience.
Jan. 16 at 8 p.m. at Pie Shop, above Dangerously Delicious Pies. $10.
Chart the path of electronic, dance and pop music of the past 15 years, and one name will continue cropping up: Diplo. The enfant terrible of EDM broke through alongside M.I.A., founded the globe-trotting label Mad Decent, produced for everyone from Beyoncé to Bieber to Britney, helped spur the Caribbean takeover of pop with his Major Lazer project, won Grammy awards and landed on Forbes lists. These days, he’s churning out pop hits with Sia in LSD and with Mark Ronson in Silk City, but he’s still an ace in the DJ booth, his first and forever home.
Jan. 17 at 9 p.m. at Echostage. $50.