4 concerts in DC Nov. 25-Dec. 1: Dominic Fike, Nikki Lane and more


At the end of the last millennium, Mary Prankster was a local hero on the Baltimore scene: a singer-songwriter who performed behind a moniker inspired by Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, with a punk edge to her music and a pucky attitude to lyrics. Mary retired from the gimmick in 2005 and continued on her merry path, but returned to the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in 2017, unveiling a new album two years later. With songs that range from rollicking glam rockers to jazzy ballads, “Thickly Settled” picks up where Mary left off, older and wiser but with the same attitude. “I’m the best defense, I’m a really good time,” she sang on the mission-statement opener “Rock N Roll Degenerate,” “and I’m not too pressed that I’m past my prime.” November 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. birchmere.com. $29.50

Dominic Fike made a name for himself with slick, suave tunes that shifted between pop, rock and rap, but his biggest crossover didn’t come on SoundCloud, it came on HBO. There he guest-starred as Elliot in the controversial teen drama Euphoria. Not only did Elliot turn the show’s core relationship into a love triangle, but he also proved divisive, spending a good chunk of the season 2 finale singing an acoustic ballad to Zendaya’s Rue. While “Elliot’s Song” got a decent release, Fike expects to stick to his offbeat music: originals that combine campfire-ready acoustic guitar with his warm, pocketed vocals and lyrics full of Gen Z angst and boredom. November 28 at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. fillmoresilverspring.com. Sold out.

On her debut album Three Dimensions Deep, Amber Mark delved into the love and life themes of contemporary R&B, with an ear for songs that move with the times and groove, from the shuffling, disco-ready ‘FOMO’ to seedy Afrobeats – inspired bubbles. But the main attraction is Mark’s deep and rich voice, which keeps things grounded even as it’s reaching for intergalactic heights with space-related songs like “Cosmic” and “Event Horizon.” At this show, Mark will help NPR Music celebrate its 15th anniversary alongside indie mainstays Hurray for the Riff Raff, up-and-coming Yendry and DJ Cuzzin B. November 29 at 7pm (doors open) at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 930.com. $45.

For more than a decade, Nikki Lane has been igniting the outlaw country flame with a husky voice, lived-in lyrics and classic songwriting that would be right at home in honky-tonks anytime, anywhere. She also has a knack for picking the right staff, from the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to Lana Del Rey. That streak continues on her latest album, Denim & Diamonds, produced by fellow Queens of the Stone Age outlaw Josh Homme. With Homme at the helm, Lane throws ’70s rock into the mix, sharpening the riffs and driving the beats. But ultimately, this is Lane’s record. While singing on the title track, “I can do whatever I want / All by my lonesome … I’m going my way / Livin’ and dyin’ / And I can buy my own d— Denim and Diamonds.” December 1st at 7:30pm (doors open) at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. blackcatdc.com. $25.


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