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SoundCloud is no stranger to criticism, but it’s been an undeniable force—providing a global platform for eager, hardworking artists and fostering the type of creativity necessary to make a lasting impression in a saturated market. Alina Baraz made the most of her internet connection, creating a more avant-garde take on R&B—an effort that has led to millions of plays on SoundCloud, a sold out tour throughout the U.S., and a unique sound only she can provide. The Cleveland-based singer and songwriter met Danish producer Galimatias through SoundCloud and together they crafted 2015’s Urban Flora EP, an avant-garde soundtrack to a sultry love affair. Read more >>> Alina Baraz performs with Iamnobodi at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 HSt. NE. Sold out. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Casey Embert)

EAT THIS

In honor of the winter weather Ripple is offering all night happy hour starting at 5 p.m. But the real reason to go to the Cleveland Park restaurant tonight is that Chef Ryan Ratino will serve fried Amish chicken with green curry ranch dressing ($15). It’s a preview of the new bar menu rolling out next week. Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 244-7995. rippledc.com. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

Jami Attenberg, author of The Middlesteins and Saint Mazie, reads from her new novel, All Grown Up, at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Acclaimed South African music ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo performs at The Birchmere. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $49.50.

Songwriter Regina Spektor plays songs from her new album, Remember Us to Life, at DAR Constitution Hall. 8 p.m. at 1776 D St. NW. $40–$70.

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