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In an interview on the Rap Radar podcast, legendary neo-soul goddess Erykah Badu announced: “If George Clinton, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and D’Angelo had a baby, that’s D.R.A.M.” Between his breezy, no-fucks-given ethos, his natural ability to flow from a soulful falsetto to jovial rapping in the same breath, and the funky Parliament-Funkadelic-inspired instrumentation on his debut self-titled album, Badu’s statement couldn’t be more accurate. D.R.A.M. made the most of the dumpster fire that was 2016 by flexing a smile that lights up the whole world, showing off pictures of his adorable Goldendoodle and, of course, releasing animated, optimistic anthems like the Lil Yachty-assisted “Broccoli” and “Cash Machine.” Read more >>> D.R.A.M. performs with River Tiber and Ari Lennox at 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $20. (202) 588-1889. ustreetmusichall.com. (Casey Embert)
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Get ready for the inauguration by ordering a weekend survival kit from The Fainting Goat. The kits, which cost $39, contain spiced popcorn and chocolates, plus a bottled punch mix containing Capital Teas’ cinnamon sugar plum tisane, Meyer lemon, preserved kumquat, and raw honey. Just add alcohol (the bar recommends rum) if you so choose. Kits serve 2 to 4 people and can be ordered anytime before Jan. 19 by calling (202) 735-0344 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They can be picked up after noon on Jan. 20. The Fainting Goat, 1330 U St. NW. (202) 735-0344. faintinggoatdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
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Tom Chaplin, the lead singer of mid-00s British soft rock band Keane, plays a solo show at the Lincoln Theatre. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $35.
The Young Senators, a D.C.-based funk band popular at go-gos in the 1960s and 1970s, has reassembled and performs at the Howard Theatre under the moniker The Young Senators Reloaded. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $20–$40.
Get used to life in a dystopia by watching Persepolis and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, two films closely related to that theme, at the Black Cat’s Red Room. 7 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. Free.