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How do you brave a time of turmoil? Yo La Tengo, one of indie rock’s most beloved elder statesbands, provide some tentative, characteristically obscure guidance with their new album There’s a Riot Going On. In 1971, Sly & the Family Stone famously utilized the same phrase for their album to describe the societal and racial unrest of the time. A similar discontent persists but Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew don’t so much rage against the current state of ugliness as they provide a sprawling user’s guide for enduring. The band’s mood here is tranquil and narcotic, world-weariness infused throughout the record’s more than 60 minutes. What the world needs now is anyone’s guess but it surely involves both bomb throwers and some shelter from the storm. With There’s a Riot Going On, Yo La Tengo have created the perfect means of insulating oneself from the bile that continues to rain down. If you find comfort in meandering krautrock grooves, this show at 9:30 Club is an ideal place to seek refuge. Read more>>> Yo La Tengo perform at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Matt Siblo)
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Ana Moura, a Portuguese world music artist and collaborator with the likes of The Rolling Stones and Prince, performs at The Barns at Wolf Trap. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $50–$60.
Author Mark Penn speaks at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue about Microtrends Squared, the updated sequel to his bestselling Microtrends, which identified counterintuitive trends in society. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15–$40.
The National Museum of the American Indian continues its run of Americans, an exhibition featuring images and items that highlight how Native American history and culture are deep-rooted in the country’s identity. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free.
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