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DragonForce make music as thrilling, epic, and bombastically bromidic as its name suggests. The five-piece British power metal group are descendants of the Ronnie James Dio school of heavy metal songcraft. Think dungeons, dragons, doomsday, and dozens of other Stranger Things fantasies set to soaring, Valhalla vocals, shredding guitar solos, and energized, overdriven beer- hall sing a-long melodies. Mix in a little European folk and classical influence and you get the over-the-top, internationally beloved sounds of power metal. If this all seems ridiculous, don’t worry: The band is in on it too. Read more >>> Dragonforce performs with Once Human at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $25. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)


Take advantage of Belgian Week at all locations of Chef Robert Wiedmaier’s Mussel Bar. The restaurants are offering all-you-can-eat mussels for $28 during lunch and dinner. Top picks in Arlington include Mediterranean mussels with merguez sausage, goat cheese, cilantro, harissa aioli, and a smokey tomato broth and spicy Thai green curry mussels with peanuts, cilantro, and basil. Take advantage of the promotion today through Friday. Mussel Bar Arlington, 800 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. (703) 841-2337. Mussel Bar Bethesda, 7262 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. (301) 215-7817. musselbar.com. (Laura Hayes)


Local folk rock act Stranger in the Alps starts off the evening with a free show at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Count Vaseline, the Ireland-born, Atlanta-based songwriter, performs at the Black Cat Backstage with opening acts Western Star and Rodney “Pie Man” Henry. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

Jamaican songwriter Beres Hammond, known for songs like “The System,” kicks off a two-night stand at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $39.50–$65.

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