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Iranian-born Dutch artist Sevdaliza asks heavy questions in her music. “How can I suffer without the pain? Can we struggle without the shame?” “Am I put into this world solely to embody it?” “When I resolve into the ground, would I feel as if I found what it means?” The philosophical heft of her lyrics about tainted love, personal divinity, and mental illness is matched by her music. It’s a contemporary take on trip-hop that melts broken beats and electronic ambience into moody and menacing songs with her voice delicate yet powerful enough to lead the way through the haze. In just a few short years, the 30-year-old polymath has created her own musical world, owing equally to both futurism and mysticism. She released her latest single, “Soul Syncable,” on the day of the super blue moon, kicking off a new “phase” of creativity, asking yet another heavy question, “Do you see the soul syncable?” Read more>>> Sevdaliza performs at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)
A fundraiser is being held tonight at Tony & Joe’s for the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and notable guests include Senator Bill Nelson and Mayor Muriel Bowser. Alumni of the high school are putting on the event. The public is invited to attend and should RSVP on Facebook. There’s a suggested donation of $20 that goes toward the Stoneman Douglas Victims Fund. Tony & Joe’s, 3000 K St. NW. (202) 944-4545. tonyandjoes.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
The men, women, and children of the Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choir perform songs by African-American composers on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Facebook co-founder and former New Republic owner Chris Hughes comes to Politics and Prose at The Wharf to discuss his new book, Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn, which argues that the best way to end poverty is a guaranteed income for the working poor, paid for by one percenters. 7 p.m. at 70 District Square SW. Free.
D.C. post-hardcore band Panini Girlfriend performs at DC9. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.
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