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It feels strange to call Need to Feel Your Love Sheer Mag’s debut record. While technically it’s the Philadelphia rockers’ first proper LP, their EPs and their bracing live sets have been a vital part of the past three summers. Need to Feel Your Love continues the group’s reclamation of ’70s hard rock. The driving, carefree guitars and punchy choruses are instantly familiar, but the frivolous sex and drugs have been replaced with a modern anxiety, defiance, and smarts. “If you don’t give us the ballot, expect the bayonet,” frontwoman Tina Halladay threatens on “Expect the Bayonet,” the only song about gerrymandering guaranteed to get a crowd jumping. Read more >>> Sheer Mag performs with Haram and Rashomon at 7:30 p.m. at Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15.(202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Justin Weber)
Learn everything there is to know about jamón at ANXO Cidery’s Brightwood Park tasting room tonight. Chef Alex Vallcorba will lead a short class on cured meats that comes with a sampler of three different kinds of ham, including hand-sliced Jamón Ibérico. The hams come with cider pairings. The event lasts from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and tickets cost $25. You can also walk in and pay at the door. ANXO Cidery Tasting Room, 711 Kennedy St. NW. (202) 722-2696. anxodc.com/kennedy. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Head to Echostage for a wild and unpredictable performance by Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty. 7 p.m. at 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $42.60.
DIY duo Surf Curse plays DC9 with opening acts Lala Lala and Teen Mortgage, a so-called “trash-punk” two-piece from D.C. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
Songbyrd Music House hosts The Mattson 2, a jazz rock ensemble from California. Soul group FootsXColes opens the show. 8 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $15–$18.
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