Rare Essence will perform at the hip-hop Blend Show at Echostage. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Rare Essence, Backyard Band, the Junkyard Band, New Impressionz

While go-go remains the District’s preeminent homegrown genre, it’s often difficult to find a concert within the city limits. Recent years have seen go-go acts pop up at U Street Music Hall and the Howard Theatre, but rarely at one of the biggest venues, such as the 3,000-head Echostage. And even rarer than a go-go show in D.C. is one featuring four of the sound’s most reliable acts: Rare Essence, Backyard Band, the Junkyard Band and New Impressionz. The Blend Show promises that all four will be “on one stage, side by side,” for a legendary — and local — evening. Nov. 3 at 9 p.m. at Echostage. $50-$70.

The Blaze

Every generation gets the French electro duo it deserves. Picking up the synthesizer-and-turntable baton from Daft Punk and Justice these days is the Blaze, the French cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric. Instead of the stadium-size grooves of its forebears, the Blaze is permanently chilled out and low key, its beats and melodies subtle and seductive. Despite the title of the Alrics’ debut album, this isn’t music for the “Dancehall”: These are vibe-first tunes generated for festivals and music videos, and imported into the club: softer, smaller, slower, slighter. For the Netflix-and-chill generation, it’s probably for the best. Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore. $25.

Kweku Collins

Kweku Collins is from Evanston, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and his physical distance from the Second City replicates itself in his music. His meditative, introspective take on hip-hop is a little removed from both the city’s street-rap scene and its soul- and gospel-inflected one. Instead, Collins mixes in electronic ambiance and psychedelic rock influences as he weaves dreamlike, experimental compositions. And although he’s linked with Closed Sessions, the Chicago-based purveyors of left-field rap and R&B in the city and beyond, Collins is still in his own sphere. “You can’t see my thoughts,” he sings, “but I can take you there.” Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. at Union Stage. $15.


For a perfect distillation of Yaeji’s music, look no further than “Raingurl”: a rubbery house groove laced with soothing synths, half-sung and half-rapped in English and Korean, full of hip-hop bluster and plenty of what the musician calls “introspection at the club.” The dualities are part of the package for the 25-year-old also known as Kathy Yaeji Lee. The Queens-born Korean American artist produces, DJs, sings and raps through songs that sleepwalk their way across dance floors and bedrooms in a search for self. Sometimes that journey finds muted bangers like “Raingurl,” and sometimes it leads to a cover of Drake’s “Passionfruit.” Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. (doors) at the Black Cat. $25.