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The newest album from Mount Eerie—the solo project of songwriter Phil Elverum—is easily his starkest and most personal of his career, but I haven’t heard a single note of it yet. I just can’t bring myself to listen to it; I’m not ready. A Crow Looked at Me is the product of him grappling with the loss of his wife, Geneviève Castrée, the acclaimed musician, artist, and graphic novelist who died of pancreatic cancer last summer. Those familiar with Elverum’s body of work—both as Mount Eerie and its previous incarnation, The Microphones—know how intimate a songwriter he is. Bring a tissue. Mount Eerie performs at 7 p.m. at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. $13. (202) 232-0900. ststephensdc.org(Matt Cohen)

EAT THIS

Who makes the best burger on 14th Street NW? District DistillingGarden District, and Cafe Saint-Ex will duke it out on Sunday and you get to be the judge. Tickets for the burger battle, held at Cafe Saint-Ex, are $15 in advance and include three burger tickets and a starter taste of a Right Proper beer. Additional burger tickets are $3 each. Beer is sold separately. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund. The event runs from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cafe Saint-Ex, 1847 14th St. NW. eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-14th-st-burger-battle-royale-tickets. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Friday: Colombian indie pop artist Tei Shi plays an early show at U Street Music Hall with opening act Lawrence Rothman, an L.A.-based songwriter. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.

Friday: Author and scholar Danielle Allen reads from her new book, Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A., a memoir about her late cousin. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Friday: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company begins performances of The Arsonists, a dark satire about Nazism and Communism that feels uncomfortably relevant today. 8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. $20–$41.

Saturday: It is still hard to understand what drew my 11-year-old self to Gentlemen, The Afghan Whigs’ ode to debauchery. Its libidinal, whiskey-soaked nihilism was a far cry from my chaste middle-school existence. And yet, songs like “What Jail Is Like” and “Debonair” made their way onto lovelorn mix tapes alongside more conventional fare such as Soundgarden and The Smashing Pumpkins. After calling it a day in the early aughts, the Whigs were resurrected in 2011 and have since released two comeback records, 2014’s excellent Do to the Beast and this year’s equally worthy In Spades. As excited as I am to hear the new stuff, the tortured pre-teen lothario inside me has my fingers crossed for some early ’90s classics. Read more >>> The Afghan Whigs perform with Har Mar Superstar at 6 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Matt Siblo)

Saturday: Enjoy the perfect forecasted weather and head to Yards Park, whereBig Tony & Trouble Funk perform in conjunction with the American Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Action Day. 2 p.m. at 355 Water St. SE. Free.

Saturday: For a dose of bluegrass music, go to the Birchmere to see The Seldom Scenetake the stage with troubadour Jonathan Edwards. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $29.50.

Sunday: William Hooker is a living legend, full stop. Since the late 1970s, Hooker has emerged as one of the most innovative composers and improvisers in modern jazz, pushing the boundaries as a drummer by collaborating with countless musicians. Though Hooker is primarily known for his work as a drummer and jazz composer, he’s also a powerful poet, and, in a rare and intimate performance at Rhizome, he’ll perform a solo set on drums and read original compositions. Read more >>> William Hooker performs with Weed Tree at 8 p.m. at Rhizome DC, 6950 Maple St. NW. $10–$15. rhizomedc.org. (Matt Cohen)

Sunday: Brooklyn-based guitar pop band Beverly takes the stage at the Black Cat Backstage with opening act EZTV. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10–$12.

Sunday: Close out the weekend at Songbyrd Music House where experimental songwriter Dent May plays with D.C.’s Poppy Patica. 9:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$12.

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