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The Foo Fighters are one of the last great rock bands, emphasis on the rock. The group of mostly 40-something rockers grew up cutting their teeth in the underground punk scene of the ’80s, and have since channeled that sound and fury into energizing, still slightly manic music. You can thank frontman Dave Grohl for the lion’s share of the spirit that drives the Foos. Grohl, who some in D.C. can still remember as the ferocious drummer of Scream, makes it his personal mission for his own screams to fill every square inch of space. On their new album, Concrete and Gold, the band makes rock that sounds like The Beach Boys paired with Fugazi. But amid all those layers of vocal harmonies and guitar melodies are a handful of arena-ready anthems. How appropriate then for D.C.’s own (in a spiritual sense) great fist-pumping, lung-screaming band to open The Anthem. Read more>>> The Foo Fighters perform with The Struts at 8 p.m. at The Anthem, 901 Wharf St. SW. $100–$175. (202) 265-0930. theanthemdc.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)


New York Times bestselling author and trans activist Janet Mock speaks about her early life and her latest memoir Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me at the Fall for the Book Festival. 2 p.m. at 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. Free. 

Annalee Newitz, founder of science fiction site io9, reads from her novel Autonomous, about a woman who circles the world in her own submarine, at Kramerbooks & Afterwords. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Electronic dance music duo Phantoms performs at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.

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