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Mac DeMarco has often been described as the court jester of indie rock—a title he’s embraced, whether by smoking a cigarette through the gap in his teeth, inviting fans to visit his Queens home, or hiring a fan club assistant proficient in dank memes. But on his latest album, This Old Dog, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter with a penchant for laid-back, Lennon-esque melodies is a bit more serious. His third solo album is heavy with themes of loss and pain caused by failed romances, the transition into adulthood and, predominantly, his relationship with his father, who struggled with addiction and was not a part of DeMarco’s life. Read more >>> Mac DeMarco performs with Tonstartssbandht at 8 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Sold out. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Chris Kelly)
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The Red Hen’s current menu includes a cauliflower appetizer worth sampling. Served “Sicilian Style” with salsa rossa, lemon yogurt, pecorino romano cheese, and breadcrumbs, the dish ($12) curiously tastes a little like Buffalo wings. Kick off a meal with the vegetarian dish even meat eaters will like. Other current highlights include burrata with chickpea and beluga lentil salad ($16) and squid ink linguini with calamari, beans, pea shoots, chilies, and breadcrumbs ($18). The Red Hen, 1822 1st St. NW. (202) 525-3021. theredhendc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Old Crow Medicine Show, the bluegrass band behind the iconic song “Wagon Wheel,” takes the stage at the Lincoln Theatre to perform Bob Dylan‘s Blonde on Blonde in its entirety. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $45.
DJ Spooky presents “Rebirth of a Nation,” his multimedia adaptation of D.W. Griffith‘s racist silent film Birth of a Nation, featuring local ensemble Sound Impact, at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $19–$55.
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