Kendrick Lamar captains a tight ship on his ‘Championship Tour’

“At one point on Friday night, Kendrick Lamar beseeched the crowd at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., to “live in the moment.” Lamar probably hasn’t had many Zen moments recently: On Wednesday, he took a break from touring to accept the Pulitzer Prize for music, the first nonclassical, non-jazz artist to do so; and then he was back on the road, headlining the “Championship Tour” with his Top Dawg Entertainment label mates.”

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David Byrne Burns Down the House at the Anthem

“On Saturday night, the scene at the Anthem, in Southwest Washington’s new Wharf development, was set: a bare stage, adorned not with instruments but with a folding table, a wooden chair and a fake brain. It felt more like a production in a black-box theater than the site of a rock concert. But when a beaded curtain rose and David Byrne emerged — gray-suited, barefoot, with that unmistakable shock of gray hair — it all started making sense.”

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Bhad Bhabie goes from Internet meme to real-life rapper, and it’s a little complicated

“In 1990, 2 Live Crew fought the powers that were with “Banned in the U.S.A.,” a ­Springsteen-sampling paean to the First Amendment. Nearly three decades later, fellow Florid­ian rapper Bhad Bhabie paid ­tribute to Luther Campbell and company — whether she knew it or not — with her Bhanned in the U.S.A. Tour, stopping at ­College Park’s MilkBoy ArtHouse on Tuesday night.”

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DJ Taye: Space is the Place

“DJ Taye didn’t always dream of being a musician. “I used to want to be an astronaut,” he explains, “until my auntie told me I couldn’t do that. Like on some ‘if you go, you won’t ever make it back’ type of shit.” He laughs at the memory now, and he has no regrets about the vocation that never was. “I can just be in space in my music.”

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D.C. concert of the week: Power trio Screaming Females

“For Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster, songwriting isn’t about eureka moments. “A lot of people are under some misconception that when you write music or make paintings or execute any creative act, you’re struck by inspiration. I have never found that really to be true,” she says. “It’s kind of like banging your head against the wall until something comes out.”

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D.C. concert of the week: Soul singer-songwriter Jenna Camille

“One of Jenna Camille’s first musical memories is learning to sing “You Gotta Be,” the 1994 smash hit by Des’ree, at 4 years old. “My mom tells me I was all over the house singing it,” says the 27-year-old singer-songwriter. “That was the first song I fell in love with.” It certainly influenced Camille, and not just musically: Its hook — “You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold, you gotta be wiser” — is a message of self-confidence that Camille clearly took to heart.”

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D.C. concert of the week: Avant-garde composer Nils Frahm

“Across Nils Frahm’s dozens of albums, collaborations and soundtracks, there’s often a high concept uniting them all. On “Felt,” the Berlin-based composer, pianist and producer attached felt to the strings of his piano; on “Screws,” he performed with just nine fingers because there were four screws in his broken thumb.”

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