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Shannon & the Clams should play all of our Enchantment Under the Sea-themed proms. The perfect mix of 1950s doo-wop sweetness and garage rock snarl, the band appeals to all of the classic high school tropes: the greasers, the punks, the nerds, and perhaps most importantly, those who just came to dance. The band’s touchstones don’t fully do them justice—anyone can add some classic girl group harmonies to a revved up rocker. Part of what distinguishes them is the enrapturing rasp of lead singer Shannon Shaw, who emanates the lacerating humor and heartsick drama of a lover who was severely wronged. Over the course of six albums, the band has gradually cleaned up the scuzz around its edges and this year’s Onion—produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach—is surely the Clams’ most accessible. If there’s any justice in this world, a stunner like “Backstreets” will gradually find its way onto next year’s prom playlists. Read more>>> Shannon & the Clams perform at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Matt Siblo)
OH AND ALSO
Electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso perform at The Anthem. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $40–$60.
Deaf singer-songwriter Mandy Harvey celebrates the Americans with Disabilities Act and VSA anniversaries at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Writer Glynnis MacNicol talks about her memoir about finding new ways to define her life as a single, childless woman in her 40s, No One Tells You This, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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