Trying to box in Dev Hynes is a fool’s errand. A musical omnivore, the British-born, New York-based musician has created upbeat pop punk as a member of Test Icicles; quirky Americana under the name Lightspeed Champion; and a fluid sort of free-form pop as Blood Orange. Hynes’s sophomore album, 2013’s “Cupid Deluxe,” was a colorful collection of danceable grooves, but recent times have called for more weighty expressions. 2016’s gorgeous “Freetown Sound” grappled with the experiences of marginalized people, and this year’s “Negro Swan,” a blend of mellowed soul and intricate bedroom pop, explores the mental health of black, brown and queer people. Hynes has emerged on the other side with a message of hope — a resounding belief that triumph will inevitably come. Friday at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater. Sold out.
West Coast hip-hop is in the middle of a renaissance, and Shoreline Mafia is surfing the wave. The group — OhGeesy, Rob Vicious, Fenix and Master Kato — had been hanging out and recording music for years before deciding in 2016 to give themselves a name. The timing proved serendipitous, as the region was enjoying a resurgence helmed by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and YG. Shoreline’s style is an energetic blend of California rap traditions: street-tested lyrics set to lowrider bass and funky synth lines that make you want to get in the car on a road to nowhere. With its contagious synergy, the collective is proving that a movement isn’t nearly as fun if the homies can’t come. Saturday at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd. Sold out.
Christina Aguilera has a once-in-a-generation kind of voice. It was evident in the early ’90s when she joined the cast of “The Mickey Mouse Club,” but it was undeniable when “Reflection,” a power ballad from the Disney film “Mulan,” burst onto Billboard’s adult contemporary charts in 1998. Aguilera was just shy of 18, but her voice was years beyond its time. Strong enough to lift even the heaviest hearts, it has carried her over two decades and eight albums, including June’s extravagant “Liberation.” As that title suggests, Aguilera, free of pop star expectations, has created a work capable of displaying a creative evolution without sacrificing the qualities fans have come to love — soaring vocals set to a mix of introspective slow-burners and radio-ready jams. Even if her Hot 100 days are behind her, once a diva, always a diva. Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. $250-$295.
Those who may not immediately recognize Chris Dave’s name will probably be surprised at just how familiar they are with his work. The drummer and Houston native has lent his sticks to Adele’s acclaimed “21,” D’Angelo’s “Black Messiah” and Justin Bieber’s “Purpose,” among other eclectic releases. After a career playing behind the scenes, Dave has finally recorded an album of his own — “Chris Dave and the Drumhedz” — an amalgamation of all the roads he has traveled: nostalgia-inducing soul, old school hip-hop and super smooth funk. After 25 years, it’s officially time, as James Brown would say, to “give the drummer some.” Sunday at 8 p.m. at Union Stage. $20-$25.