Born to Jeni Cook, a Culture Club backup singer, and Paul Cook, the Sex Pistols drummer, and having performed in The Slits, an all-girl punk band, singer-songwriter Hollie Cook was destined to make her mark in the music industry. As a solo artist, Cook has perfected a blissful, tropical pop sound with breezy reggae leanings and the soul of lovers rock. On her third album, Vessel of Love, released earlier this year, Cook channels a recent bout of depression and anxiety into her most honest record yet. Vessel of Love transforms themes of affection, resilience, and even an emotional ode to Cook’s mentor and lead singer of The Slits, Ari Up, into her signature sonic space, an area somewhere between sunny day party vibes and sobering melancholy. Read more>>> Hollie Cook performs with Jenna Camille at 6 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Casey Embert)

OH AND ALSO

Danish rock band New Politics performs at The Fillmore Silver Spring. 7:30 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $30.

The National Portrait Gallery presents UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, an exhibition that highlights the work of two contemporary artists who grapple with underrepresentation and misrepresentation of people of color through portraiture. 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 8th and F streets NW. Free.

Poet Steve Kistulentz discusses his debut fiction release, Panorama, a story about the impact of a tragic passenger jet crash and its effect on the lives of the victims’ relatives, at Politics and Prose at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 70 District Sq. SW. Free. 

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