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On his first records, released when he was still a teenager, Joker added metallic, synthesizer melodies to his block-rocking dubstep beats, painting a sci-fi future for dance music, rap, and R&B. Capitalizing on his early success would prove difficult: The Vision, his attempt at a crossover album, flopped. And by the time the follow-up, 2015’s The Mainframe, landed, the dubstep moment had passed. But timing is everything. Still just 28 years old, Joker returned with the appropriately titled The Phoenix in 2016 with the type of widescreen wonders with which he made his name. And with dubstep’s nest hour now a decade gone, it’s the perfect time for a revival of the sound that Joker helped formulate. Read more >>> Joker performs with Stööki Sound and Panch at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $10. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Chris Kelly)
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Visit Wunder Garten in NoMa tonight where CaliBurger will dish out free burgers and fries. The giveaway (limited to one meal per person) is available from 5 to 7 p.m. The California burger chain delivers in D.C. via apps like Caviar and UberEats. Wunder Garten, 1101 First St. NE. wundergartendc.com. (Laura Hayes)
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Astronaut Leland Melvin, most famous on the internet for posing with his dogs in his official NASA portrait, reads from his new memoir, Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.
Scottish rock band Frightened Rabbit takes the stage at 9:30 Club in support of its newest album, Painting of a Panic Attack, with opening acts Torres and Kevin Devine. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $32.50.
Local songwriter Melanie Edwards plays a solo show at Gypsy Sally’s alongside Nicole Belanus, a vocalist based in Williamsburg, Va. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $18–$20.
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