The members of Seattle’s Chastity Belt appear totally cool, in an aloof, mom jeans-wearing kind of way. But it’s also clear that they genuinely adore one another. On their new release, I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone, the band highlights their genuineness. The new album tonally differs from their second, Time to Go Home, with lead singer Julia Shapiro trading some of her heartier vocals for moody crooning. But it brings more sophisticated instrumentals and applies an even hazier film to their apathetic shoegaze aesthetic. Read more >>> Chastity Belt performs with Darren Hanlon at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House, 2477 18th St. NW. $12–$15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Leah Douglas)
Chefs will make their best rendition of a crabcake this Sunday at Ivy City Smokehouse for the 12th Annual D.C. Crabcake Competition. Participating chefs include Sasha Felikson from Doi Moi, Rodrigo Perez from Tico, Adam Howard from Mike Isabella Concepts, and Anna Bran Leis from Taqueria del Barrio. Tickets ($85) include crabcake samples for voting, plus oysters and unlimited drinks, including a Bloody Mary bar. The event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ivy City Smokehouse, 1356 Okie St. NE. (202) 529-3300. ivycitysmokehouse.com/tavern. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: British Japanese DJ and producer Maya Jane Coles plays U Street Music Hall with local DJ Heather Femia. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Friday: Go back in time at Merriweather Post Pavilion, where Peter Frampton and the Steve Miller Band perform their greatest hits. 7:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45–$195.
Friday: 5440 Arts Collective & RoXplosion present Arockalyptic, a rock show celebrating the summer solstice featuring sets from Fuzzqueen, Tempercrush, and Black Dog Prowl, at the Black Cat Mainstage. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15.
Saturday: Author Don Winslow made his name writing thrillers about the tumultuous drug wars against, and between, Mexico’s cartels. Winslow’s best works, like 2015’s The Cartel, combine elaborate, ripped-from-the-headlines plots about the fight to control Mexico’s drug plazas with a knowledge of the ethical compromises that come with entering that world— even to fight it. With The Force, he’s turned his attentions farther north, to New York and a squad of crooked cops who have been helping themselves to a heroin bust. Read more >>> Don Winslow reads at 3:30 p.m. at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 364-1919. politics-prose.com. (Will Sommer)
Saturday: Tim Mislock, currently appearing in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Kennedy Center, performs songs from his solo guitar album at the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Saturday: Rhizome hosts a night of experimental music, featuring sets from Chicago avant-rockers Cheer Accident, doom metal flutist Floom, and D.C.-based noise act Halo Valley. 8 p.m. at 6950 Maple St. NW. $10.
Sunday: Four years after his death, fans still mourn the loss of songwriter Jason Molina—and so do his former bandmates, who are taking his songs out on the road with Songs: Molina—A Memorial Electric Co. Comprised of his Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. bandmates, Songs: Molina is touring in part to celebrate the release of a new book about Molina’s life by Erin Osmon. Read more >>> Songs: Molina—A Memorial Electric Co. performs with Swojens at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Sunday: The National Gallery of Art wraps up its film series highlighting directors Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub with a screening of Class Relations, their 1983 film based on the Franz Kafka novel Amerika. 4 p.m. at 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free.
Sunday: Wrap up your weekend with a night of pop music from years gone by when NKOTB, Paula Abdul, and Boyz II Men bring The Total Package Tour to Verizon Center. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $29.95–$109.95.
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