At first listen, The Claudia Quintet’s robust reimagining of European art music can seem alienating. But even strangers to the genre will likely find a tune they love. The ensemble rarely gathers for live performances, but to celebrate 20 years of making uncompromising, uplifting art, they’ll perform an intimate show at Songbyrd Music House with another ensemble that makes envelope-pushing art, local experimental duo Janel & Anthony.Read more >>> Claudia Quintet performs with Janel & Anthony at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. $15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Visit one of the city’s new beer gardens now that the weather is less soggy. The Midlands in Park View carries German beers like Radeberger Pilsner ($7 per pint) and Benediktiner Helles Lager ($8), plus local favorites like 3 Stars Peppercorn Saison ($8) and Ignite IPA from Hellbender Brewing ($7). Wine and a draft cocktail are also available. Visit from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Midlands, 3333 Georgia Ave. NW. midlandsdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Psych-rock ensemble Mystic Braves performs at the Black Cat Backstage with opening act The Creation Factory and DJ Dan McNabb. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Head to 9:30 Club for a bright and brassy show from pop act Perfume Genius. Baltimore-born vocalist serpentwithfeet opens the show. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $21.
Mason Bates pairs up with local electronic duo Thievery Corporation for the latest show in his KC Jukebox series at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $29–$59.
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