Bad Moves has four members but no frontman. The D.C.-based band divvies up the instruments as you’d expect — guitar, bass, drums — but they all share the microphone, letting each member (Emma Cleveland, David Combs, Katie Park and Daoud Tyler-Ameen) voice part of a collective experience marked by childhood nostalgia, gentrification disgust and millennial malaise. The band’s take on infectious power-pop-punk-rock is particularly apt for figuring out how the “traps of [a] teenage plan” (on “The Verge”) inform adult experiences. That kind of self-exploration continues on “Tell No One,” the band’s full-length debut, due out the same day as this show. Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. (doors) at the Black Cat. $10.
With his icy, android approach to new wave and synth pop, Gary Numan pioneered a sound that helped set the tone of the ’80s and influenced a generation of synthesizer-armed pop and rock acts, including Nine Inch Nails. Although the 1979 classic “Cars” was his only hit, Numan has kept at it, hunting for ghosts in the machine and taking his machine-made music in industrial and orchestral directions. Now his influence has come back full circle — to himself: Last year’s "Savage (Songs from a Broken World)." was a nihilistic, post-apocalyptic concept album — and a very Nine Inch Nails-ish one, at that. Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. $30.
The Philadelphia group Mothers is like a lot of us, bounding between anxiety and lethargy. Fronted by singer-songwriter Kristine Leschper, the artsy indie-folk act fragments its instrumentation into irregular bites that are tough to swallow with her haunting, uneasy vocals as a uniting factor. The result is inward-looking and personal, bounding between daydreams and nightmares. Or, as Leschper sings on “Baptist Trauma,” it’s music that “render[s] another ugly method into something thrilling.” Mothers is often difficult to decipher, but that oblique clue will have to do. Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd. $15-$17.
Kendrick Lamar may be the best-known member of Top Dawg Entertainment, but he wasn’t the label’s first signee. That honor belongs to Jay Rock, a 32-year-old street rapper who grew up in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. He’s certainly not TDE’s best known, and he’ll never have the notoriety of his Pulitzer-winning compatriot, but he’s been a steady presence on the label. And on this year’s “Redemption,” released after a near-fatal motorcycle crash, he raps with more urgency, seemingly seeking a higher purpose. If that doesn’t move the crowd, he’ll always have such Kendrick collaborations as “King’s Dead” and “Money Trees” to rely on. Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore. $20-$75.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the name for Gary Numan's 2017 album. It is "Savage (Songs from a Broken World)." “Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind)" was released in 2013.