Nashville Pussy, Valient Thorr, American Party Machine
If you’re gonna go to any concert this year, this is the one. In terms of pure rock & roll fireworks, there hasn’t been a show in years that packs as much pound-for-pound action as this gloriously unholy trinity. Individually, these bands are worth the price of admission: Raunch-rock legend Nashville Pussy has been cranking out famously turbocharged sleaze for almost 20 years, live juggernaut Valient Thorr is straight-up one of the most inciting stage bands alive and the perennially show-stealing American Party Machine is essentially Orlando’s version of Valient Thorr with a pro-wrestling sense of spectacle. But together, they are a perfect trifecta of maximum show that will be outrageous, obscene and life affirming all at once. - Bao Le-Huu
8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Will’s Pub, $12-$15
Go down the playful rhythmic paths laid out by this experimental popsmith (who's now based in Paris) on her new album Ataraxia. The chaos of her unfamiliar sonic territory might intimidate you, but she won't lead you astray.
10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Spacebar, $5
Red Bull BC One North American Finals
Just in case you hadn’t heard, the North American finals of Red Bull’s BC One worldwide breakdancing (B-Boying) competition are taking place at the Dr. Phillips Center on Saturday. Tickets for that event are already snatched up, but if you show up early, you may be able to snag a wait list spot. Even if you slept on getting tickets to the actual competition, you can still get a glimpse at some of the country’s best breakdancers at two other free events this week. Coinciding with the Downtown Arts District’s 3rd Thursday gallery hop, the BC One Kickoff Party is held on Pine Street outside of CityArts Factory and features a live exhibition incorporating dance, music and street art. Then there’s the opening night party at Snap! Space on Friday, which has a special hip-hop photo exhibit from Bronx photographer Joe Conzo, hip-hop DJs, and, of course, breakdancers. - Thaddeus McCollum Read more.
6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21; 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at multiple venues, main event is sold out; free
Prince Daddy & the Hyena
New York fuzz punks Prince Daddy & the Hyena rips you open as the band name suggests, even if their catchiest new track is sneakily dubbed "Quack Quack."
7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, at Backbooth, $5-$7
Caffiends 5 Year Anniversary
"The whole point of the record is to trick someone into buying the record who thinks we're a crust-punk band, and then listen to it and find out we're pop punk," drummer Andrew Cabbage says. "The title is a throwback to Choking Victim and Amebix. The title is No Gods No Decaf, and Choking Victim had an album No Gods, No Managers and then Amebix had No Gods, No Masters. That's kind of the idea – we sound nothing like either of those bands. Just hoping that one person gets pissed off." Read our interview with Caffiends before hitting their massive punk block party.
6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Will’s Pub, $8-$10
Grassrootz [GRZ] VIII: Expression
An eclectic night brings together beat producers, DJs and artists (Someday River, Native Feel, Mondrian Loops) to start a new conversation in the Milk District.
10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, at Spacebar, $5
D.C.'s Genocide Pact is a chugging death metal force that tweaks you with shrill feedback but is otherwise faithful to classic throat-ravaging forward momentum.
9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Uncle Lou's Entertainment Hall, $7
“I used to think the way to play guitar was to saw it with a coat hanger like a violin,” Todd Rundgren’s website (tr-i.com) says when you load it. Listening to a Todd Rundgren record is sometimes similarly as random as succumbing to a Pandora station that’s tortured by compiled likes of multiple very different users. “Random” shouldn’t be a scary word when applied to the ever-artful Rundgren, though. In the context of Rundgren’s canon (he’s been hyper-active since the ’60s as a solo artist, in bands like Utopia and the Nazz, and producing records for artists like Badfinger and the New York Dolls), that cursed word artists fear represents strengths of talent and sturdy character that keep a raging cult of earnest fans rushing to see what the wily nonconformist will do next. This year he released his 25th studio album, Global, so he’s trotting that out on tour. You’ll tap your toes, bang your head, groove as if on your own plane, and even get lost in a soft rock sax solo (yes, seriously), all while the visionary entertainer puts on a trippy show with lots of lights and spectacle. Go, so you can say, “I saw the light.”
7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at the Plaza Live, $34.50-$54.50
The coolest thing left to say about that Garden Café variety Meek Mill-Drake beef is that Jon Stewart adorably bumbled through a reference to it on his otherwise tearful last show ever. But if you’re legitimately digging Meek Mill’s new album, Dreams Worth More Than Money, you’re likely hoping the childish spat is retired soon so we can get back to talking about stuff that matters, like how this record still rules despite how much you’ve been shaking your head at its creator lately. If you haven’t heard the record and iced your veins with the rapper’s intensity and emotion – raw and ranged over chaotic beats that stimulate the listener to really feel the fantasy (especially on “Classic”) – give it a real spin before you go and Vine whatever fussy Drake diss he might toss out during his live set.
9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Gilt Nightclub, $40-$80
DIY scene stalwart Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Industry!) released his lively punk-spirited second solo record, We Cool?, this year, and it is pitch-perfect nostalgia that deserves all the spins.
5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at Backbooth, $12-$14
Go play Bingo with the Wildtones' Nadeem Khan – there is maybe free booze in it for you and stuff – then stick around for the band's rockabilly steaze.
9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, at Will's Pub, free
Miami rapper Yung Simmie conjures dark thoughts on his fierce mixes – his new track "Dead Beat" exemplifies his slow, evil roll – and has an underground intensity that's cultivated a rabid fanbase of folks sick of phony rappers that don't come from the dirt.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Backbooth, $15