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Singer-songwriter Nikki Lane is cute, outspoken, and turning the Nashville music scene on its ear. As such, she inevitably draws a lot of comparisons to Kacey Musgraves. But where Musgraves actively bristles against country tropes, Lane leans into them—the wronged woman, the loyal girlfriend on the back of the motorcycle, the shit-talkin’ broad—and then discards them as easily as she put them on. Her lyrics are candid and unpretentious, slipping easily between the acerbic, laid-back, and mischievous. Read more >>>  Nikki Lane performs with Brent Cobb and Jonathan Tyler at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com(Stephanie Rudig)


Pineapple & Pearls bartender Jeff Faile is joining Adam Bernbach at 2 Birds 1 Stone tonight to pour drinks benefitting the Human Rights Campaign. The “Birds of a Feather” event runs from 6 p.m. to midnight. Expect a slate of speciality cocktails you’ve never tried before. 2 Birds 1 Stone, 1800 14th St. NW. 2birds1stonedc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Michigan-based indie rock quartet Frontier Ruckus performs at DC9 with opening act Cabin Creek. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.

Pop ingenue Ariana Grande brings her “Dangerous Woman” tour to Verizon Center. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $29.95–$199.95.

Author Christina Baker Kline reads from her new novel, A Piece of the World, her fictional description of the woman who inspired painter Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World,” at Politics & Prose. 7 p.m. at 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

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