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There’s no shortage of options for music therapy after the presidential inauguration. For those looking to take the escapist route, head to H Street NE to find boundary-pushing guitarists Steve Gunn and Lee Ranaldo, experimental folkie Meg Baird of Heron Oblivion, and Ranaldo’s Sonic Youth bandmate Thurston Moore. Gunn’s latest album, Eyes on the Line, is one of his most expansive recordings to date and could inspire wanderlust in even the most entrenched homebody, but on stage with Ranaldo, Baird, and Moore, be prepared for anything to happen. Read more >>> Steve Gunn performs with Lee Ranaldo, Meg Baird, and Thurston Moore at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
Visit Compass Rose tonight for happy hour from 5-7 p.m. The staff will present a piece of performance art called “Compass Liberty” that captures their feelings about the inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington. During happy hour, proceeds from cocktails created for the event will go to HIPS and N Street Village. Compass Rose will be open ’round the clock today and tomorrow, though alcohol sales will end at 4 a.m. Compass Rose, 1346 T St. NW. (202) 506-4765. compassrosedc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: The star-packed “No Thanks” benefit at Black Cat is sold out but you can still head to the club’s backstage for a Solidarity Cabaret featuring burlesque and musical acts, with funds benefitting Collective Action for Safe Spaces. 9 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12–$15.
Friday: To avoid the madness of Inauguration Day, check out DJ Ben Nicky, who performs a noisy and distracting set at U Street Music Hall with opening act Crazy 88s. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10–$20.
Friday: If you can make it to the Kennedy Center with getting trapped in traffic, you’ll be rewarded with a performance by emerging jazz group The Wee Trio at the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Saturday: As the Women’s March on Washington unfolds downtown, East Los Angeles-raised Latina punk musician, author, and teacher Alice Bag will relate her tales of feminism, protest, and cultural nurturing via song and story in Adams Morgan. A fan of David Bowie, Mexican ranchera music, and speedy three-chord rock, she let out both her progressive ideas and her anger—originating from her father’s abuse of her mother—through screamed vocals. Decades later, Bag has penned books, painted, interviewed other artists, and recently put out her first solo album. Read more >>> Alice Bag performs at 5 p.m. at Smash!, 2314 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 387-6274. smashrecords.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Saturday: Stand in solidarity with Comet Ping Pong and check out a show by hardcore act We Were Black Clouds, rock band Foxhall Stacks, and punk ensemble Loud Boyz. 10 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Sunday: When the Brooklyn-via-D.C. experimental ensemble Drunken Sufis comes to town, the results are always mixed. This isn’t a bad thing, but the group is ever-evolving, expanding its sound from head-spinning sociopolitical noise to raucous math rock to heavy post-rock, and each of its releases reflect that. The band’s latest album, Pala Pala, marks another evolution for the band: droney sound collages and field recordings merge with dense electronic grooves and spaced-out prog rock. It might not directly interrogate the current political climate like the band’s older albums do, but it doesn’t need to. Read more >>> Drunken Sufis perform with Mzungu and PraxisCat at 4 p.m. at Rhizome, 6950 Maple St. NW. $10. rhizomedc.org. (Matt Cohen)
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