There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
A lot has happened since Merrill Garbus, who performs as Tune-Yards with bassist Nate Brenner, released her last full-length album, Nikki Nack, in 2014. Since then, much of America’s darkness has come to light—again: racism encouraged by a polarizing new president; rampant police brutality committed against black people; and so much sexual harassment in Hollywood and the music industry that it has evoked a widespread reckoning against its perpetrators. Over the years, Garbus has used her platform in indie rock to explore these topics, like social inequality, women’s rights, and police brutality. But Tune-Yards’ 2018 album, I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, bravely confronts Garbus’ own white privilege. As a white woman from Connecticut, Garbus has made a living by making (and profiting from) music that is directly influenced by African and Caribbean rhythms and vocals. I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life serves as her own public reckoning and a conversation-starter for other white people to acknowledge—and repent—for their social privilege and cultural appropriation. Read more>>> Tune-Yards perform at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $30. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Casey Embert)
OH AND ALSO
Folk singer-songwriter Damien Jurado performs at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $18.
At the National Portrait Gallery, check out Henrietta Lacks, a 2017 Kadir Nelson portrait recognizing and celebrating the life of the woman whose immortal cells contributed to a wealth of medical research. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.
Carla dal Forno, an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, performs at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $13–$15.
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