City Paper is not for tourists
Acoustic cover albums are often late-career gasps, a kind of strip mining to bleed songs dry. So what’s with Lucius, an increasingly popular quartet who have soundtracked HBO shows and recorded with megastars like John Legend, releasing a bare bones album full of covers, old material reimagined, and a few new songs? Well, to highlight the vocals of singers Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. While it’s always been apparent that Lucius’ pop hinges on the power of their voices, their most recent album, Nudes, removes any doubt. It hasn’t been that long since many of these songs were first released, and it feels a little more academic than it should, but take away the shroud of production and dance-forward beats and Lucius still feel mighty. “Neighbors,” written specifically for Nudes, feels the most suited for the format and their takes on Tame Impala’s “Eventually” and the traditional “Goodnight, Irene,” recorded to crackle in lo-fi, are entertaining adventures. What’s interesting on record may be stunning live, because when great singers perform at the Lincoln, little compares. Read more>>> Lucius perform at 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $35. (202) 888-0050. thelincolndc.com. (Justin Weber)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: D.C. rock band Dead Meadow performs with synth trio Dallas Acid and fellow rock act Kohoutek opening at Black Cat. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $18.
Friday: Dreamy Colombian reggaeton singer Maluma performs at EagleBank Arena. 8 p.m. at 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $99.50.
Saturday: Kid ‘n Play are back to bring you all the nostalgic ’90s vibes with a throwback party for the ages at the historic Howard Theatre. Who could forget this dynamic duo, their signature striking print and snazzy shades, and Kid’s classic hi-top fade? The New Jack Swingers were the epitome of fashion forward, matching their undeniable style with their unforgettable tunes and catchy melodies. Try to get “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody” and “Rollin’ With Kid ‘N Play” out of your head after this party. Read more>>> The party begins at 11:59 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Jazmin Goodwin)
Saturday: The Barns at Wolf Trap presents performances of The Second City’s Look Both Ways Before Talking, a show featuring improv comedy, audience interaction, and of-the-moment sketches. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $27–$32.
Saturday: Irish folk rock favorite Glen Hansard performs at The Anthem. 8 p.m at 901 Wharf St. SW. $35–$75.
Sunday: If those Hamilton tickets seem far too elusive—and expensive—grab your seats now for the next best thing: In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. With music and lyrics by Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, it’s a vibrant and truly original musical about the characters and stories that make up New York City’s largely Latinx Washington Heights neighborhood. Exciting new additions to the cast include Vanessa Hudgens as Vanessa and Anthony Ramos, who originated the roles of Philip Hamilton and John Laurens in Hamilton on Broadway, filling the nimble shoes of Miranda’s role, Usnavi. Read more>>> The musical begins at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $99–$250. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Diana Metzger)
Sunday: Ambient techno artist GAS performs at Union Stage. 3 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $25–$28.
Sunday: THEARC hosts the final performance of The Washington Ballet’s Peter and The Wolf, a ballet depicting the classic children’s fairy tale. 5 p.m. at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. $30–$59.
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