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As soon as the opening hi-hats, boom-baps, and cowbells of Aminé’s “Caroline” hit, the song captured the hearts of hip-hop heads everywhere. It became a 2016 summer smash and put Aminé on the map. The track is a bouncy, goofy, joyful ode to the object of his affection, but it’s also full of the palpable sincerity that runs throughout all of the Portland rapper’s music. His debut album, Good for You, is in many ways a coming-of-age story, both poppy and personal but never losing that bright-eyed cheer. Read more>>> Aminé performs with Towkio at 8 p.m. at the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $25–$98. (202) 803-2899. thehowardtheatre.com. (Kayla Randall)
Sit-down lunch has been hard to find on 14th Street NW. This month, TICO decided to launch the mid-day meal weekdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The menu is broken down by bowls, sandwiches, tacos, and signature dishes. Highlights include a ramen bowl with buckwheat noodles and a load of toppings ($12), a crispy chicken sandwich with spicy fennel slaw ($12), caramelized cauliflower tacos with spicy corn salsa ($4 each), and crispy manchego cheese with pomegranate-honey sauce ($9). TICO, 1926 14th St. NW. (202) 319-1400. ticodc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Local author and former City Paper staffer Liza Mundy discusses her new book, Code Girls, about women recruited to come to D.C. to break codes during World War II, at Arlington Central Library. 7 p.m. 1015 N Quincy St., Arlington. Free.
Soul and pop singer MAX performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U Street Music Hall. $10.
Author Jason Reynolds chats about his latest novel, Long Way Down,which is written entirely in verse and traces 60 seconds of a young boy’s life, at Politics and Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
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