June 17: Anderson .Paak & the Free Nationals

The most fascinating of all of the Kendrick Lamar acolytes that've popped up over the past two years, Anderson .Paak—heard all over Dr. Dre's "Compton" last year—is a confessional rap fusionist who explores jazz, blues, R&B, blooz, spoken word, and even some Jack Johnson-like singer-songwriter stuff from time to time to make a kitchen-sink kind of hip-hop. His album from this year, "Malibu," is a portrait of a young dude between worlds and captures a certain kind of early twenties nostalgia where memories both good, bad, and terrifying start to come into focus and make clear how hard this whole growing up and living and being a good person and politically aware (in the music video for 'The Season/ Carry Me/ Waters,' he battles a Donald Trump monster made of garbage) can be. Closing track, 'The Dreamer,' is one that brings me to tears pretty much every time I listen to that. Something about the combination of its inspiring hook and brutal understanding of how stuff doesn't works out for some people (the song is dedicated to "all the dreamers" as well as "the ones who never gave a fuck") just kills me. 8 p.m., Baltimore, Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057, baltimoresoundstage.com, $18. (Brandon Soderberg)

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