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If Jen Cloher’s name sounds familiar, here are a few reasons why: She’s the wife of the increasingly popular Courtney Barnett, and opened up for Kurt Vile and Courtney’s fall tour. She’s been making great music of her own for more than a decade and was nominated for Best Female Artist at the 2006 ARIA Music Awards (the Australian Grammys) as well as the 2013 Australian Music Prize. With the release of her 2017 self-titled album, Cloher’s name should now call to mind an artist coming into her own. She kicks back and wanders much like her wife Barnett, who plays guitar throughout the album, but Cloher’s lyrics are more anxious and incisive. On the album, she pulls no punches as she sings about the exhaustion, jealousy, and pride that come with watching your partner bloom into a rock ’n’ roll star. Yet Cloher may soon get to experience what Barnett does. Originally slated for DC9, demand pushed Cloher up to the bigger Rock & Roll Hotel. Read more>>> Jen Cloher performs at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12–$14. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
Tonight’s the first night of Iron Gate’s Valentine’s Day “Tunnel of Love” pop-up loosely inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. A special cocktail menu and a special dinner menu will be on offer from now through Feb. 14. Try “The Cask of Amontillado” cocktail with Chapman’s apple brandy, mezcal, amontillado sherry, Cocchi Americano, and activated charcoal ($13) paired with a bone-in, Seven Hills Farm beef short rib for two with citrus chili glaze, torn mint, shaved fennel salad ($46). Iron Gate, 1734 N St. NW, (202) 524-5202, irongaterestaurantdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Songwriter and producer Rostam, formerly of the rock band Vampire Weekend, performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
The Barns at Wolf Trap hosts the second and final performance of International Guitar Night, featuring global guitarists Lulo Reinhardt, Calum Graham, Marek Pasieczny, and Michael Chapdelaine. 8 p.m. at 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. $27–$30.
National Symphony Orchestra performs Rachmaninoff‘s charged Piano Concerto No. 2 and Tchaikovsky‘s The Tempest at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $15–$109.
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