Wednesday: Sevyn Streeter

Nov. 4

Like so many of the most interesting R&Bers of the past bunch of years (Dawn Richard, The-Dream), Sevyn Streeter began her career writing songs for other R&Bers. The result is a more profound understanding of song craft, a sense of what makes a hit, and also, how to smuggle in some stranger melodic and musical ideas that won't prevent a track from getting on the radio. Back in 2012, there was the minor hit 'I Like It,' which mixed the rap-singing of Beyoncé with rattling sci-fi sounds. The July album "Shoulda Been There Pt. 1" features 'Shoulda Been There,' a wobbling anthem aimed at taking a break from a dumb dude and hoping he gets the picture, and 'Don't Kill The Fun,' a song about fucking fueled by a flurry of horns and Timbaland-like disembodied backing vocals. 8 p.m, Baltimore Soundstage, 124 Market Place, (410) 244-0057,, $20-$22. (Brandon Soderberg)

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