D.C.-based rapper Wale plays Emo’s Friday.

Wale at Emo’s. Don’t get it twisted, Nigerian American rapper Olubowale Victor Akintimehin turns up. A good part of his catalog covers standard party rap fare — women, drinks, clubs — and his shows tend to explode into raucous affairs. But the title of his excellent 2013 album “The Gifted” wasn’t hyperbole. Wale is also a sophisticated street poet with a unvarnished vision of the American Dream born on the hardscrabble streets of our nation’s capital. Also, ladies, he writes some of the most soulful urban love songs in the hip-hop universe. $24.50. 8 p.m. doors. 2015 E. Riverside Drive. emosaustin.com.

Also: It’s a big night for record-release events, starting with two in-store performances: Bluegrass outfit Wood & Wire celebrate their new disc “The Coast” with a 5 p.m. in-store at Waterloo Records, and Houston’s 1970s teen punkers Vast Majority reunite to mark the reissue of their album “I Wanna Be a Number” at 6 p.m. at End of an Ear. … The parties continue later in the clubs: Trippy indie act Knifight highlights its second full-length disc “V” at Cheer Up Charlie’s, pop singer-songwriter John Neilson is at Strange Brew for his new album “Tomorrow Comes the Spring,” and dramatic indie prog outfit Obscured By Echoesunveils its concept album “Avidonia Part 1: The Escape” at Spider House Ballroom. … Three acts who’ll be back in town next month for South by Southwest make pre-emptive swings through town: fiddler and singer-songwriter Amanda Shires visits Cactus Cafe, Yep Roc Records pop band Jukebox the Ghost plays the Parish, and avant garde noise artist Pharmakon (aka Margaret Chardiet) is at Hotel Vegas. … It’s your last chance to Body Rock at the Sahara Lounge before the popular dance party moves to Empire next month. … Notable shows among local acts include indie-popsters the Rocketboys indoors at Stubb’s withPompeii, glitter pop act Les Rav and electro mixer Total Unicorn at Empire, and singer-songwriter Ben Ballinger indoors at the Mohawk with Blue Healerand Canvas People.