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One of the nicest bands to drink from The Velvet Underground’s primordial soup, the Haledon, New Jersey, collective The Feelies, formed in 1976 fueled by punk and new wave but with a sound all their own. Their fabled rave-ups evolved from the angular neuroses of 1980’s Crazy Rhythms to the soaring jangle of The Good Earth six years later, around the time they played a high school reunion band in Jonathan Demme’s now-classic film Something Wild. After a 16-year hiatus, The Feelies re-formed in 2008 and have since added two autumnal albums to their catalog. When the band was last in town, the veteran rockers, led by the twin guitars of Glenn Mercer and Bill Million, played a staggering 37 songs and grew more propulsive as the night went on, from the signature jam “Slipping (Into Something)” to such perfectly chosen covers as “I Wanna Be Your Dog.” Two-and-a-half hours of one of the great guitar bands on a Friday night? This is the best music bargain in town. Read more>>> The Feelies perform at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Pat Padua)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Rock legend Melissa Etheridge performs her powerhouse catalog at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $24–$99.
Friday: Versatile D.C. DJ Mathias performs at Rock & Roll Hotel for his Still Ill dance party. 10 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. Free.
Friday: Pearl Street Warehouse welcomes New Orleans roots rock band The Iguanas. 8 p.m. at 33 Pearl St. SW. $20.
Saturday: Gender, according to the philosopher Judith Butler, is inherently performative and separate from sex. In that case, the theater is an ideal place to puzzle through our evolving understanding of it. Brett Abelman, of the local playwrights’ collective The Welders, has crafted a show that seeks to explore “a world beyond the binary” with much more humor and verve than the freshman year literary theory class where you may have first encountered these ideas. Switch follows a straight couple who, after a night of passion, find themselves in each other’s bodies, Freaky Friday-style. With help from a gender-fluid friend, they have a night of instructive interactions that give way to understanding and a greater appreciation of our bizarre beings. To further the discussion of gender, The Welders have launched “Beyond the Binary,” a series showcasing artists—from drag queens to writers to burlesque performers—who play with gender and sexuality in their work, which will precede performances. Strip down to your emotional skivvies and let your mind expand. Read more>>> The play runs to June 23 at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. $25. thewelders.org. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: Longtime Oakland R&B-based horn section and band Tower of Power performs at the Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $55.
Saturday: Echostage welcomes reggaeton artist Arcángel. 9 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $25.
Sunday: With Sonny Rollins now retired, pianist Herbie Hancock has the strongest argument for the title of Living Embodiment of Jazz. At 78, he shows no signs of slowing down from a schedule that would overwhelm the best of us regular people. He tours relentlessly, teaches jazz at UCLA, is working on a new album with producer Terrace Martin (which suggests that he’s not backing off from the cutting edge, either), and is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador who founded and spearheads the annual International Jazz Day celebrations. That kind of work ethic makes it seem almost incidental that he also rewrote the rules of jazz harmony, first as a member of the great 1960s Miles Davis Quintet and then in his own projects, innovating the landscapes of jazz fusion and electronic music. Some of those accomplishments take priority over others—he certainly doesn’t play “Rockit” very often anymore—but they seal that Living Embodiment status. Read more>>> Herbie Hancock performs at 8 p.m. at the Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $59–$119. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (MIchael J. West)
Sunday: Soul and funk master Charlie Wilson, former lead vocalist of The Gap Band, performs at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $45–$95.
Sunday: Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, a new musical chronicling the journey of the legendary R&B group, runs at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $59–$175.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets on sale now for British indie rock darlings Arctic Monkeys, performing a second night at The Anthem on July 29. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$75.
Tickets on sale now for post-punk, electro-pop pioneers New Order, performing at The Anthem on Aug. 28. 8 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $55–$95.
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for pop rock band Panic! At the Disco’s Pray for the Wicked tour, at the Capital One Arena on Jan. 20, 2019. 8 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $30.75–$70.75.
Tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. for comedian Kathy Griffin’s Laugh Your Head Off tour at DAR Constitution Hall on Sept. 8. 8 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $45–$125.
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