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Toronto-based indie-pop outfit Alvvays thrive on dreamy ideas of solitude. Through 10 songs and roughly 33 minutes, they continue to explore love, loss, and loneliness on their second full-length album, Antisocialites. Mournful at times, optimistic during others, Antisocialites redefines the archetypal break-up record in the way that it encourages scorned lovers to fiercely face forward, staunchly secure in solitude. Lead singer Molly Rankin wrote most of Antisocialites on a small, secluded island off the shore of Ontario, embracing the sense of isolation that drove her to music in the first place. For her it seems music is all about feeling like you’re a part of something larger than yourself and yet feeling alone at the same time—and being OK with that. And it’s that particular sentiment that she and Alvvays inspire in dedicated listeners. Read more>>> Alvvays perform with Frankie Rose at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Casey Embert)

OH AND ALSO

The Kennedy Center marks the opening of Artes de Cuba, a festival celebrating the Cuban arts, with performances by the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, classical guitarist  Alí Arango, and pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco in the Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $19–$69.

British jazz fusion and funk band The New Mastersounds performs at Union Stage. 8:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $20–$30.

Author Simon Winchester discusses The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World, his latest book about the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.

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