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The breakup album is a pop music staple for a reason. What is more real and more raw than music made in the wake of heartbreak? The best examples of the genre deftly turn the specific into the general, transforming the artist’s catharsis into something that a wide audience can feel. That’s exactly what singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield has done on her fourth album as Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm. After exploring ennui on Ivy Tripp in 2015, Crutchfield focused on lessons learned from what press materials call “the dissolution of a noxious relationship.” Crutchfield gives zero fucks while elucidating her ex’s flaws—his condescension, his criticism—and turning them into gaslighting anthems about losing one’s self to a toxic partner. Read more >>> Waxahatchee performs with Palehound and Outer Spaces at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Kelly)
Those looking for a rooftop to view the eclipse with a cocktail or two can head to The Graham Georgetown‘s rooftop lounge starting at 1 p.m. They’ll be serving $5 tequila sunrises from 1 to 3 p.m., plus free “Moonshine Moonshot” shooters at the time of the eclipse, which should be around 2:30 p.m. No reservations necessary. The Graham Georgetown, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. (202) 337-0900. thegrahamgeorgetown.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Author Joe Tone reads from his new book, Bones: Brothers, Horses, Cartels, and the Borderland Dream, which focuses on two brothers living close to the U.S.–Mexico border, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
No Small Children, a rock trio whose members have day jobs as teachers, marks the first day of school with a show at DC9. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
For a different kind of back to school celebration, head to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, where StepAfrika!, Split This Rock, and the Washington Performing Arts’ Children of the Gospel choir perform at a youth rally. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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