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There’s something unusually addicting about Diet Cig’s new song “Barf Day.” “And I’m sick of being my own best friend / Will you be there in the end?” Alex Luciano sings in her lucid voice, just before she thrashes on her guitar and drummer Noah Bowman kicks in with cymbal and snare. This transitionin which Luciano’s tender voice, prominent above quieter drums and guitar, precedes a turn into a bold chorusis one of the best features of the duo’s modern, poppy punk rock. It shows up again and again in their songs, and for good reason: It’s a classic technique, executed with Luciano’s impressively high voice. Read more >>> Diet Cig performs with Daddy Issues, DC Gr!asp, and Bad Moves at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Kevin Carty)


Osteria Morini in Navy Yard is featuring spritz cocktails this month. Priced at $13 each, the fizzy Italian drinks, called apéritifs, are meant to stimulate the appetite before a meal. They include the Aperol Crush with orange and basil-infused Aperol, Cocchi Rosa, and prosecco; a Negroni Sbagliato with Campari, vermouth, and prosecco; and the Bianco Spritz with Gran Classico bitter, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, prosecco, and orange. Try them in the dining room, at the bar, or on the patio. Osteria Morini, 301 Water St. SE. (202) 484-0660. osteriamorini.com/washington-dc. (Laura Hayes)


Heavy Breathing, the dance punk outfit featuring former members of The Apes, plays the Black Cat Backstage with opening act Des Demonas. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

Boston-based quartet Pile headlines a night of rock ‘n’ roll at DC9 featuring sets from Gnarwahl and Two Inch Astronaut. 8 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.

New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy discusses The Rules Do Not Apply, her new memoir about how losing a pregnancy completely transformed her life and work, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 7 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $12–$27.

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