It’s been nearly five years since the release of Celebration Rock, the last album from the Canadian duo Japandroids. Their songs are all about youthful ecstasy and the idea that getting another round with your best buds at 1:30 a.m. on a Wednesday is, weirdly, kind of the most important thing ever. A lot has changed in five years: Youthful abandon gives way to actual responsibility. The same folks who go on a weekday bender now have kids and a mortgage. Japandroids are keenly aware of this shift, and their follow-up, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, resonates like a mission statement. Read more >>> Japandroids perform with Craig Finn and the Uptown Controllers at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Alan Zilberman)
Dock 5 at Union Market will be transformed into a Mardi Gras Extravaganza tonight where a $65 ticket gets you all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink access to all things New Orleans. Chefs David Guas and Spike Mendelsohn and bartender Gina Chersevani are among those chairing the evening benefiting the St. Bernard Project and DC Central Kitchen. The event runs from 5-10 p.m., and there will also be live music. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Ever wished that, instead of curling up in an armchair and reading your favorite magazine, you could see it performed live, on stage? No? Pop-Up Magazine is here to convince you that’s exactly what’s been missing from your regular reading regimen. Pop-Up is a general interest magazine—complete with profiles, reported features, and personal essays—brought to life by writers, filmmakers, photographers, and of course, backed by a live band. It started as a small affair in San Francisco but quickly expanded to bigger venues and, eventually, other cities. The show’s first ever visit to D.C. will feature The Undefeated’s Kelley Carter and New York magazine’s Marin Cogan, who have been touring with Pop-Up in California, as well as a special performance by Vann Newkirk II of The Atlantic. After the show, you’ll get to gush about your favorite stories with other audience members and the performers themselves at the Lincoln Theatre’s bar. This mashup of film festival, book reading, live podcast taping, and gallery opening promises to be the perfect weeknight take on a Sunday morning with your preferred publication. 7 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $25. (Will Warren)
Bethesda Blues & Jazz celebrates its fourth anniversary with a two-night stand by R&B legend Dionne Warwick. 8 p.m. at 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda. $115–$150.
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