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3 concerts to catch in the D.C. area over the next several days

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Shamir

Just 27 years old, Shamir has experienced several pop-star lifestyles since breaking through in 2015. Back then, the singer-songwriter danced his pain away with bops like “On the Regular,” but soon stripped away the electro-sheen for lo-fi albums that embraced his alt-rock and country influences. Throughout it all, Shamir’s angelic countertenor has remained a guiding light through albums and songs that embraced vulnerability and truth-telling. And while his gender identity and sexuality have frequently been a topic of his songs and a prism through which his art is viewed, those issues appear to be at the forefront of his forthcoming album “Heterosexuality.” On noisy, operatic songs such as “Gay Agenda” and “Cisgender,” Shamir rejects binaries and orthodoxies, singing, “You’re just stuck in the box that was made for me / And you’re mad I got out and I’m living free.” Feb. 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. (doors) at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 930.com. $41.

Kacey Musgraves

With 2018’s “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves sang and danced her way through her honeymoon on an album that added sun-dappled psychedelia and disco to her repertoire. But on last year’s “Star-Crossed,” the party was clearly over, as she sang, “I’ve been to hell and back / Golden hour faded black.” Coming in the wake of her divorce, the album completes her personal narrative about falling in and out of love. With mellow ballads that swing the pendulum back toward her country roots, Musgraves shares bittersweet realizations and the lessons she learned along the way: Escapism doesn’t work, romance doesn’t play out like the movies or like the memories stored in a phone’s camera roll, and “healing doesn’t happen in a straight line.” Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. capitalonearena.com. $60.50-$165.

Kacey Musgraves made a divorce album that sounds like easy-listening

Black Rave Culture

As Black Rave Culture, D.C.-based DJ-producers Amal, NativeSun and James Bangura are fully dedicated to their moniker: specifically, the dance music culture that began when predominantly Black communities of DJs and dancers conjured up house music in Chicago and techno in Detroit, before the styles traveled and mutated across the globe, often becoming disassociated from their roots. Together, Black Rave Culture produces tracks and DJ sets that reconceptualize and reclaim this legacy, exploring different rhythms, tempos and traditions from across dance music and its diaspora. For a taste of what to expect from what they do in a club, listen to the self-titled album they released last year on Haus of Altr, a label run by like-minded torchbearers MoMa Ready and AceMo that traverses digital dance floors from Columbia Road in D.C. to London and beyond. Feb. 3 at 10 p.m. at Flash, 645 Florida Ave. NW. flashdc.com. No cover with RSVP.

Note: Proof of vaccination is required for admittance to these shows. Check venue websites for details.

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