Pakistani ensemble Sounds of Kolachi starts off most of their songs with acoustic South Asian classical string rhythms from the sitar and bowed sarangi, as well as vocals rooted in Sufi Islam traditions. But this 10-member group’s music changes as their leader, electric guitarist and composer Ahsan Bari, inserts metal and prog-rock solos accompanied by a flashy drummer, another guitarist, a bassist, and more melodramatic vocalizing. Live, such numbers can stretch out to 10 to 15 minutes and are often accompanied by flashing strobe lights and a fog machine, almost like a jam band concert. Read more >>> Sounds of Kolachi perform with Huda & Kamyar at 9 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $15. 629-4535. tropicaliadc.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Chef David Guas announced that his D.C. location of Bayou Bakery will be sold—likely to Chef Aaron Silverman! That means you only have a limited amount of time to get a taste of New Orleans on Capitol Hill. Swing by this weekend for some buttermilk biscuits with pimento cheese ($4), the “Muff-a-Lotta” sandwich ($9), a chilled poached Gulf shrimp salad roll ($8.25), and an order of beignets ($3). Bayou Bakery, 901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. (202) 664-5307. bayoubakerydc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: On its just-released EP Bogus Existence, Scanners expands its sound both literally (the band has a new drummer, Lennon Luks, with original drummer Alex Attas taking over second guitar duties) and figuratively (by incorporating more grunge and melodic pop-punk elements into its power-pop repertoire). All the while, guitarist/vocalist James Haitchwai‘s lyrics capture the existential ennui of living at a time when it seems like nothing matters. “Everything we know’s been bought and sold/ The music never dies, it just gets old/ A day late and a dollar short/ Nothing to give in return for all we stole/ It’s all been done,” he writes. In these weird fucking times we’re living in, Bogus Existence is the kind of short and sweet EP that makes you feel a little less hopeless—or at least a bit more comfortable knowing you’re not alone in your hopelessness. Find more details on Facebook. 6:30 p.m. at 1525 Newton St. NW. Donations suggested. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. But according to the indie music zodiac, 2017 is the Year of Snail Mail. Snail Mail, the solo project of Baltimore-area teen Lindsey Jordan (who also plays with a full band) released its first EP, Habit, on venerable local label Sister Polygon last year, and it’s been a steady rise of accolades ever since. It’s easy to see why Snail Mail is poised for musical world domination. Jordan’s masterful and intimate lyrics are wise beyond her 17 years, sure, but she’s nothing short of a genius when it comes to crafting instantly catchy songs, replete with infectious hooks and bellowing choruses. Read more >>> Snail Mail performs with Big Thief and Palehound at 8 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Saturday: Head to the National Building Museum to check out its latest exhibit, Architecture of an Asylum, which looks at the St. Elizabeths campus in Southeast D.C. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 401 F St. NW. $7–$10.
Sunday: At a run-down gas station along a nondescript highway, tumbleweeds blow around and people as worn as the road they travel stop in for respite. This sounds like a scene from a John Steinbeck novel, but Sulayman Al Bassam, the world-renowned Kuwaiti playwright and director, wanted that defining American image to be the setting of his new staged drama, Petrol Station, which has its world premiere at the Kennedy Center this weekend. Set at the titular location on the border of two anonymous Middle Eastern states, the play uses the station as a microcosm to explore issues of oppression, violence, displacement, and identity in the oil rich kingdoms of the Arab world. Read more >>> The play runs March 24 to March 26 at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15–$39. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Jackson Sinnenberg)
Sunday: It’s a Canadian double bill at DC9 when Edmonton-based bedroom punk performer Calvin Love plays with Montreal rock quartet Heat. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
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