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In the 33 years since 7 Seconds declared that punk and hardcore were “Not Just Boys Fun,” it’s proven to be a stubbornly difficult mantra to put into practice. So, it’s refreshing to see Worriers (and D.C. natives Big Hush) help provide some balance to a stylistically diverse evening—by punk standards, anyway—of aggressive music. Worriers is singer Lauren Denitzio’s project following The Measure [sa], a band who put out some excellent pop-punk records for people into that sort of thing. I most certainly am. If The Measure [sa] captured the sounds of youthful exuberance and exploration, Worriers wrestles with the ever-present anxieties of emerging adulthood. Survival Pop, the band’s latest and first record for SideOneDummy, is thoughtful when considering the future in both grand and personal ways. “I just want to be alone sometimes,” Denitzio sings on “Gaslighter.” Here, she’s able to articulate a universal conflict within punk: the healing nature of singing alongside others about the desire for isolation. Read more>>> Worriers performs with Strike Anywhere, City of Caterpillar, Battery, and Big Hush at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $21. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Matt Siblo)


CAVA opens in Union Station this morning at 11 a.m. They’re also collecting donations to City Blossoms today. The nonprofit works to create green spaces for kids so they can learn about sustainability and healthy eating. CAVA will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. CAVA, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, cava.com. (Laura Hayes)


Neo-soul band Moonchild performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20. 

Ford’s Theatre gets in the holiday sprit with its music-infused production of the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. 7:30 p.m. at 511 10th St. NW. $32–$92. 

Classic ’80s band Modern English hits the Rock & Roll Hotel stage. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $20. 

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