On its first two albums, Danish band Iceage held the punk flame in its hands, harnessing its fire and fury. But on the quartet’s 2014 album, “Plowing Into the Field of Love,” that flame burned down preconceptions of what punk can be as Iceage tossed elements of blues, folk and country into its cauldron. And on the new “Beyondless,” Iceage has gone for baroque, adding horns and strings to caustic epics powered by the haunting growl and literary poetry of frontman Elias Bender Ronnenfelt. “I’m here to supply a demand, like roaring free jazz fireworks,” he sings, and the band delivers on his incendiary promise. May 18 at 8 p.m. at Union Stage. $15-$25.
The West Coast rap renaissance has been an endless parade of new artists ready to “serenade the streets of L.A., from Oakland to Sac-town, the Bay Area and back down,” as 2Pac rapped on “California Love.” The newest of the new is SOB x RBE, a Vallejo foursome with the Voltronlike strength of a basketball team or a boy band, all ready to trade verses full of brash trash talk at the drop of a beat. At its best, SOB x RBE makes breathless, hookless relay races over sped-up samples of ’80s dance tracks, proving that California still knows how to party. May 19 at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $15.
“You Make It Easy,” the lead single off Jason Aldean’s latest album, is a slow-dance country ballad and his latest chart-topper. Its title also serves as a shorthand for his decade-plus career, with April’s “Rearview Town” clocking in as his fourth consecutive No. 1 album. Like the records before it, “Rearview Town” bounds between radio-ready love songs and red-cup party anthems where Aldean can “put a Friday night hurt on a bottle of fifth.” It’s a lane Aldean forged and that he’s the best at: “I’m better at being who I am,” he sings. “This ‘square peg, round hole’ thing’s too hard.” May 24 at 7 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion. $55-$125.
On the opening track of the Flatbush Zombies’ new album, rapper Meechy Darko draws a line in the sand. Forget so-called mumble rap: He and the rest of the trio make “skully low, rumble rap.” True to his word, the rumbling, grumbling album “Vacation in Hell” plays like a post-apocalyptic portrait of three skullcapped rappers, throwing a cipher around an oil drum fire. Since the Flatbush Zombies debuted in 2012, the group’s M.O. has been continuing New York rap’s most verbose traditions, with a macabre attitude and nods to Three 6 Mafia (the same group that inspired all those mumble rappers, ironically). May 24 at 8 p.m. at Fillmore Silver Spring . Sold out.