Much of Big Wild’s rise to prominence can be attributed to his popular remix collaborations with artists such as Sylvan Esso, Gallant and Odesza. But the producer, composer and engineer’s “Superdream” is a statement of his musical individuality. Known for consistently defying the expectations of electronic music, Big Wild provides much of the same on that debut album, with tracks like “City of Sound” deftly fusing the festival-grounds sound of EDM with tinges of funk and disco. It also sees the Massachusetts native lace his tracks with his own vocals for the first time, which he says was a response to hitting a creative wall. The addition of his vocals and songwriting allow “Superdream” to embody more personal themes than his previous music. Friday at 6 and 10:30 p.m. (doors) at the 9:30 Club. $25.
Last year, Gary Clark Jr. had an unpleasant encounter with a neighbor at his home in Austin: The neighbor was unwilling to believe that the 50-acre property was indeed Clark’s and repeatedly asked to speak with the homeowner. That brush with racism, he says, was a chief inspiration for “This Land,” his third studio album and most defiant to date. “I’m America’s son/ This is where I come from/ This land is mine,” he snarls on the hook to the album’s namesake opening track. While the singer-songwriter’s blues inspiration is apparent throughout the album, Clark infuses a variety of genres — from funk to R&B, hip-hop to metal — with ease. A performer for nearly two decades, the 35-year-old has built a worldwide audience off the strength of his live show. The raw songwriting of Clark Jr.’s latest work, informed by his own frustration and anger, makes this one even more of a must-see. Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Anthem. Sold out.
Two of the most legendary figures in hip-hop are coming to town, playing a joint set ahead of Wu Tang Clan’s 25th anniversary tour and bringing unparalleled lyricism and vibrant storytelling in what will likely be an ode to the days when Wu Tang ran the rap game. Although their roots are in the days of boom bap, both artists have flexed their versatility in recent years, collaborating with a range of contemporary artists and dabbling in film, television and even video games. Expect classics, like “C.R.E.A.M.,” but don’t be surprised to hear a few more recent tracks, like “Powers and Stuff,” off Ghostface Killah’s collaborative album with Czarface, a group headed by fellow Wu Tang member Inspectah Deck. Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring. $29.50.
Mariah Carey is still every bit the icon she was when she first rose to prominence nearly three decades ago. She’s touring in support of her 2018 album “Caution,” which featured such artists as Ty Dolla $ign and Gunna and reached No. 1 on the R&B/hip-hop charts. But Carey’s set list also runs through a few of her 18 No. 1 records, like “Vision of Love,” “Emotions” and “Always Be My Baby,” while even including a medley from “Glitter,” her widely panned foray into film. On a tour that has featured cameos from her twin children, rollerblading backup dancers and more, expect nothing but greatness from Mariah. Sunday at 8 p.m. at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. Sold out.
Occupying the same neo-soul space as artists like Nao and H.E.R., Summer Walker has come a long way from the days when she uploaded clips of her singing on Vine under the name “Tsunami Summer.” Her debut album, “Last Day of Summer,” released in October, and a recent remix of her breakout track “Girls Need Love,” featuring Drake, gave her her first Billboard 100 hit. A singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Walker says she draws inspiration from Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu. Her sound, which has recently begun to incorporate more elements of jazz — as seen on her newest EP, “Clear” — touches on themes of self-confidence, self-doubt, womanhood and love, expressed through her powerful, soulful vocals. Sunday at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. Sold out.