>> What Were You Hoping For? marks Van Hunt‘s first new music release in three years. The soul rocker is back on the road and making his D.C. appearance at The Hamilton. $22.50-$27.50. 7:30 p.m.
>> Several years ago, L.A.-based duo J*DaVeY played an important role in pushing electronic music with a soulful edge. In support of their latest release, New Designer Drug, they’ll be bring their tour to Liv. $15 in advance / $20 at the door. 8 p.m.
>> DJ Shadow released an album 15 years ago, Endtroducing…, that took the art of sampling to previously unseen heights and became a classic. The Davis, California native released a new album late last year and will be at The Fillmore. $30. 8 p.m.
>> Hip-hop super-group Slaughterhouse (consisting of Crooked I, Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz and Royce da 5’9″) will see their second album released in a few months. In the mean time, though, they’ll be at the 9:30 Club along with local luminaries Kev Brown and Sean Born. $25-$100. 7 p.m.
>> Grammy-nominated vocalist Melanie Fiona first caught people’s attention with “Give it to Me Right” a few years back and recently released her second full-length album, The MF Life. She’ll be performing at The Hamilton. $27.50. 7:30 p.m.
>> Georgia Anne Muldrow abstract soul has been pushing musical boundaries for several years and continues with the release of Seeds, an album that features her on vocals and equally left-of-center producer Madlib. Muldrow will be appearing at Liv with her frequent collaborative partner, Dudley Perkins. $15 in advance / $20 at the door. 8 p.m.
>> “Afrobeat For Ya Soul” is celebrating its 3rd anniversary at Bossa. $5. 10 p.m.
>> British producer Aaron Jerome caught a lot of music critics off guard with his stage persona, SBTRKT (pronounced “subtract”). Besides wearing a mask during his sets, he brought a fresh take on the dubstep movement and wound up making his self-titled album one of 2011′s best releases. He’ll be at the 9:30 Club but the show is sold out. Craigslist could assist, though. 8 p.m.