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In the late aughts, Land of Talk had a buzzband moment. Its debut album Some Are Lakes (produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver) saw the band pair delicate vocals and angular guitar work for a propulsive take on the “Omaha Sound” championed by their record label, Saddle Creek. But soon, the band took the title of its follow-up, Cloak and Cipher, to heart, spending the better part of the decade on hiatus. Between parental illness, vocal polyps, lineup changes, and hard drive crashes, it seemed that the universe was conspiring against frontwoman Elizabeth Powell. But last year, she rediscovered the flame that fueled Some Are Lakes and returned with Life After Youth, a bittersweet and gentle album about finding love and one’s self. This time, it sounds like Land of Talk will be sticking around. Read more>>> Land of Talk perform at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $18. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Chris Kelly)


Meshell Ndegeocello, visionary vocalist and bassist, performs songs from her new album, Ventriloquism, at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. 7 and 9 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $55–$65.

Singer, dancer, and viral video creator Todrick Hall performs at the Fillmore Silver Spring in support of his new album, Forbidden. 7:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30.

Rock & Roll Hotel welcomes Ohio rock band Hawthorne Heights. 6 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20.

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