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With hits like “Electric Feel,” “Kids,” and “Time To Pretend,” MGMT has electrified the hearts and minds of people across the world for more than a decade. But the release of their fourth album, Little Dark Age, represents an abandonment of the psych-pop sound of their last two albums and a segue into synth pop—infusing electronic sounds with dark lyrics. Fitting of the album’s name, the subject matter of the album delves into the dark side of today’s technological landscape. In an interview with EW, lead singer Andrew VanWyngarden says, “This one was more having fun with how shitty things can be. Its [title is] negative, but the fact that it’s diminutive—that it’s the little dark age—is helpful. It’s not permanent dark age!” Through it all, they’ve remained authentic in their ability to reinvent their sound, straying from being held hostage by their hits and differentiating themselves from all the rest. Read more>>> MGMT perform at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $45–$75. (202) 888-0020. theanthemdc.com. (Jazmin Goodwin)
Ashok Bajaj’s latest restaurant Sababa opens tonight in Cleveland Park and serves Israeli cuisine. It replaces Ardeo + Bardeo, and Chef Ryan Moore has been tapped to lead the kitchen. Try small plates like grilled sardines with feta, walnut, and charred zucchini ($10), kebabs like harissa-marinated chicken thighs served with rice and vegetables ($14), and larger plates such as shakshuka ($16). Sababa, 3311 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 244-6750. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
West Coast electronic music artist Random Rab performs at Union Stage. 8 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15–$25.
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author Junot Díaz discusses his latest effort, Islandborn, a children’s book about a girl who learns of her island heritage for a class assignment, at the Sidwell Friends Meeting House. 6:30 p.m. at 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20–$30.
Comedian and RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bianca Del Rio brings her comedy stylings to the Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $39.50–$199.
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