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I’d be hard-pressed to name another band in D.C. with a sound as assured as Park Snakes. It’s not proto- or post- anything and there’s no fusion of sounds or genres. It’s just straight-up, self-described “noir rock;” that’s as accurate a description as any for this trio’s dark, surf-y songs. Poet Nenet’s silky smooth crooning is thick, with an air of enigmatic allure, but her lyrics are razor sharp. On “Alien,” the first track off their new album Silk, Nenet, who moved to D.C. from Buenos Aires six years ago, sings about her immigrant experience. “I’m an immigrant and the word ‘alien’ is always used on official paperwork,” she told City Paper last year. “The song is about alienation, and the idea of being unseen and unwanted.” Throughout Silk, Nenet doesn’t mince her words: “Ugliest Man In The World,” one of the album’s best songs, is a kiss-off anthem about garbage men and their trash behavior. But for Park Snakes, what makes this trio, which also includes guitarist Jason Coile and drummer Van Hillard (and on Silk, guest bassist Benjamin Schurr) so assured is a kind of classic coolness; songs that feel like they would fit right at home in a Jim Jarmusch film. Read more>>> Park Snakes perform at 8:30 p.m. at Slash Run, 201 Upshur St. NW. $5. (202) 838-9929. slashrun.com. (Matt Cohen)
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Tomorrow is “Hair Metal Night” at Hank’s on the Hill from 3 p.m. to close. The bar will play head-banging tunes all night long and there will also be a contest for the best dressed. Patrons are encouraged to wear wigs to fully achieve big hair and Hank’s is recommending you dust off your karaoke skills. Be sure to order the Shuck You Like a Hurricane cocktail with two kinds of rum, passionfruit, anise, and hibiscus ($13). Hank’s on the Hill, 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. hanksoysterbar.com/event/hair-metal-night. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Anacostia Arts Center presents a production of The Veils, a play about a Marine who returns home to plan her wedding and is tormented by both her family members and her experiences overseas. 8 p.m. at 1231 Good Hope Road, SE. $30.
Friday: Author Peter Carey stops by Politics and Prose to read from his latest book, A Long Way From Home, a fast-paced novel about Australia grappling with its treatment of its indigenous people. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Saturday: It’s 2004. Young wizard Harry Potter is about to begin his third year at Hogwarts and notorious criminal Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban prison. As usual, trouble is brewing in the wizarding world and it has come to track down Harry Potter and his friends. The nostalgia for Alfonso Cuarón’s masterful work—far and away the best Harry Potter movie—is real. Thankfully, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is here to walk you through it note by note. Led by director Edward Maclary of the University of Maryland Concert Choir, the orchestra presents Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert for Potterheads of all ages to relive the magic and excitement of this tale based on J.K. Rowling’s record-shattering book series. Read more>>> The performance begins at 3 p.m. at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. $45–$85. (301) 581-5100. strathmore.org. (Mikala Williams)
Saturday: The title of the sophomore album from the Rochester-based indie quintet Joywave presents a compelling duality and a tongue-in-cheek commentary on the way music is experienced in the modern day. Aptly titled Content, Joywave’s album could be referred to as CON-tent (as in, more stuff to consume) or con-TENT (a state of peace and happiness). According to the band, the title is actually pronounced as the latter, mostly due to the band members finding their musical stride together and finally doing what they love for a living. For Content, Joywave designed a mesmerizing, multicolor album cover and composed thumping synth-pop grooves in a lofty barn outside of Rochester. 7 p.m. at 1115 U Street NW. $20. (Casey Embert)
Saturday: Comedian Jim Gaffigan performs at the Theater at MGM National Harbor. 7 p.m. at 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill. $195–$412.
Sunday: Born in Columbia, South Carolina, but a native of Atlanta, Georgia, Jeezy has made a name for himself throughout the years as a quintessential hustler. As plenty of artists of his time get forgotten, Jeezy hasn’t, with early aughts hip-hop nostalgia serving as the wind at his back. Plenty can spit Jeezy’s verses on “Soul Survivor” featuring Akon just as well now as they could in grade school, and his hard-hitting lyrics and contributions to the Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak lexicon remain modern classics in the new world of rap. But he’s not done giving us music: His latest album, Pressure, marks his continuation as just “Jeezy,” instead of his former moniker “Young Jeezy.” It showcases his mastery of merging Southern sounds with the trap flavor that makes Atlanta today’s haven for hip-hop. The album is also a revival of his very early 2000s style and swagger that first made him a rap fan favorite. With features from an all-star lineup, including Diddy, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar, Jeezy makes it evident that he’s not ready for this nostalgia wave to let up. Read more>>> Jeezy performs with Tee Grizzley at 8 p.m. at the Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $42.50. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Jazmin Goodwin)
Sunday: Light Years, musician Robbie Schaefer‘s biographical musical, ends its run at Signature Theatre. 7 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $40–$75.
Sunday: Actor Bill Murray teams up with cellist Jan Vogler to perform songs, prose, and poetry at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$199.
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