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“We talk of the things that we hate in ourselves as if we’ll change them,” Tei Shi delicately croons in “How Far,” a single from her debut album, Crawl Space. “Let’s see how far it can take us before it forsakes us.” The singer confronts fears, frailties, and uncomfortable truths on Crawl Space to craft a sense of personal growth, which at times can simultaneously feel empowering, terrifying, and uncomfortable. But Tei Shi’s compelling vulnerability pairs nicely with her dreamy vocals and a sultry soundscape of bedroom R&B, a soothing remedy for even the darkest of fears. Read more >>> Tei Shi performs with Salt Cathedral at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. Sold out. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Casey Embert)
Town Hall is hosting a crawfish boil on Saturday on the back patio. There are two seatings, one at 5 p.m. and a second at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $40 for all-you-can-eat crabs and complimentary wine and beer from Victory Brewing. Expect giveaways throughout the party including gift cards to the restaurant and Washington Nationals tickets. Town Hall, 2340 Wisconsin Ave. NW, (202) 333-5640, townhalldc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Acclaimed DJ and producer Giorgio Moroder performs a solo show at 9:30 Club. 8 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.
Friday: Ryan Adams takes the stage at Merriweather Post Pavilion in support of his latest album, Prisoner, alongside opening act Jenny Lewis. 7:30 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $40–$55.
Friday: Rock & Roll Hotel hosts an evening of local music featuring emerging roots trio Run Come See and songwriter Olivia Mancini, as well as New York’s Anchorlot. 9 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Saturday: After an epic—and very public—breakup with Warner Bros. Records earlier this year, Wavves, the sun-drenched surf-punk band from San Diego, is back to creating and releasing music on its own terms. Freed from the shackles of corporate record label bullshit, Wavves’ forthcoming album, You’re Welcome, is set for release on May 19 via Williams’ own label, Ghost Ramp, and showcases the band’s signature buzzy, lo-fi sound. Read more >>> Wavves performs at 6:30 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Casey Embert)
Saturday: Celebrate biodiversity and bluegrass at the annual Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival in the Anacostia River. Noon at 575 Oklahoma Ave. NE. $30–$125.
Saturday: San Francisco-based artist Rhodessa Jones presents her new cabaret, Fully Awake & Facing Seventy: Heaven Betta Bea Honky Tonk!, at Dance Place. 8 p.m. at 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30.
Sunday: Iron Chic is one of four bands—alongside Spraynard, RVIVR, and, now, Tender Defender—to come out of Latterman, the short-lived, cult-favorite feminist punk band that broke up in 2007. And like Latterman and its offspring, Iron Chic tracks a unique path between emo, hardcore, and pop-punk. The band is honest and a little sorrowful; aggressive and forward-charging, but accessible with the hooks, choruses, and gang vocals that built the stardom of acts like The Wonder Years. Read more >>> Iron Chic performs with J Robbins and The Rememberables at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $15. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Kevin Carty)
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