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Think back to the late aughts in D.C. It was a halcyon time, full of hope, change, and promise, a mood captured on the city’s dancefloors. If you were in the first half of your twenties during this time, one of those dancefloors was certainly DC9, with its Nouveau Riche and Liberation Dance Party nights. And amid the Justice and the Peaches tracks was Yelle, a French electro-pop duo that favored beefy basslines, eminently danceable beats, and the half-sung French kiss-offs of its eponymous frontwoman (aka Julie Budet). Yelle singles like the razor-sharp “Je Veux Te Voir” and the breezy “Ce Jeu” were inescapable at those parties and parties like them, and at the time, no one wanted to escape that neon fantasy world. Yelle has tried to keep that world alive, on 2011’s Safari Disco Club and 2014’s Complètement fou, and even if the world has moved on, you can always party like it’s 2009—if just for one night. Read more>>> Yelle performs with Eau Claire at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $25. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)
Tonight’s the first night to celebrate Oktoberfest at Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan. From now through Oct. 3 the restaurant will serve a menu of German specialties like kartoffelpuffer (a type of potato pancake), bratwursts, and a chocolate sacher torte. To pair, the bar will pour specialty cocktails like “Bear and The Bees,” plus German beer and wine. Mintwood Place, 1813 Columbia Road NW. (202) 234-6732. mintwoodplace.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Trevor Hall, who combines indie rock and Sanskrit chants, performs at 9:30 Club with East Forest and Christina Holmes. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Catch a screening of Deej, a story told largely through the eyes of a nonspeaking autistic man trying to navigate the world, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $15.
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