Michelle Zauner’s solo project, Japanese Breakfast, came out of the gate strong with last year’s Psychopomp, featuring the irresistibly catchy “Everybody Wants to Love You.” A little more than a year later, she’s back with Soft Sounds from Another Planet, a beautiful record that heralds Zauner as one of the most compelling songwriters working today. While the sprinkling of synths and keyboards give it a sci-fi tone at times, Soft Sounds from Another Planet feels very emotionally familiar. Japanese Breakfast’s dream-like qualities are no mistake: This is the soundtrack to the strange limbo we inhabit when we’re exploring faraway places while still being all too attached to Earth. Read more >>> Japanese Breakfast performs with Mannequin Pussy and The Spirit of the Beehive at at 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13–$15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Justin Weber)
Get three tacos for $11 at Shaw newcomer El Techo. The rooftop bar outfitted in greenery and funky mirrors just opened above Rito Loco. Taco flavors include Cuban-style pulled chicken, fried avocado, and carne asada. Wash them down with a spicy mezcal margarita ($11). El Techo, 606 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 751-3976. ritoloco.com/el-techo. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik discusses his new collection of essays, At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York, which chronicle his journey from Montreal to the top of the New York media world, at Politics & Prose with Washington Post book critic Ron Charles. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Folk-rock artist Erin McKeown plays an intimate show at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue’s Downstairs venue in support of her latest album, Mirrors Break Back. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $15–$18.
Texas-based country musician Pat Greenplays his upbeat, feel-good songs at 9:30 Club alongside opening act Casey Donahew. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.
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