For its debut album, local band RDGLDGRN collaborated with two industry heavyweights from disparate corners of the musical spectrum — Virginia natives Pharrell Williams and Dave Grohl. The partnership seemed odd on the surface, but it’s a testament to the trio’s far-reaching sonic influences and deep adoration for the D.C. area that imbue its high-spirited music. On any given track, RDGLDGRN whiplashes between buoyant go-go percussion and snarling guitar solos that evoke local punk forebears Dag Nasty and Government Issue. The band has fine-tuned this skill even further on its latest single, “Clapback,” which takes a shot at its critics. Harnessed by a driving bass line, the song jettisons into a frenetic freakout of swirling guitars. The transition is unexpected, but that’s exactly what RDGLDGRN intended — to make music that bridges the gap between the familiar and the otherworldly. Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. at Union Stage. $20.
Punk continues to be dominated by white dudes, and Downtown Boys are sick of it. You can hear their frustration toward the patriarchy on songs such as “Tall Boys,” where Victoria Ruiz shouts defiantly with the one-two punch “Taking up the front/ so we can’t dance/ You think you’re fan/ You’re the tallest man.” But it’s not just racism and sexism the Rhode Island band has a bone to pick with. As activists, Downtown Boys take an unapologetically firm stance against homophobia, capitalism and other systematic issues weighing on their minds. With an abrasive horn section and Ruiz’s rapid-fire screams that flip-flop between Spanish and English, Downtown Boys’ untethered punk offerings are a righteous protest of the world’s injustices. Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat. $15-$17.
John Legend’s outspoken views of President Trump have grabbed more headlines than his music as of late. Yet he has steered way clear of politically charged messages on his latest album, “A Legendary Christmas,” featuring six original songs and inventive, re-energized takes on such timeless classics as “Christmas Time Is Here” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The soulful singer has reimagined these bygone holiday songs as jazz numbers that will have you drifting off into his serene winter wonderland. Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. $208.18-$450.
We’re all just spectators living in Travis Scott’s world. Or at least that’s what the rapper would lead you to believe on his most fully realized album to date, “Astroworld.” He’s less concerned with continuity than with taking creative liberties on this record, which includes segues from off-kilter trap beats to cerebral psychedelic compositions produced by Tame Impala. In the midst of “Astroworld’s” mayhem, the swift transitions are spontaneous and organic, which speaks to Scott’s self-assuredness as an artist who knows exactly what he’s doing. Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Arena. $39.95-$59.95.