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I recently found myself in a conversation with two friends that started out about food, but quickly moved into the realm of doom metal. One friend was excited about a slow cooker she had just purchased, but didn’t really know much about how it worked. My other friend quickly responded: “I love slow cookers! It’s the most doom metal way to cook!” This, inevitably, led to a follow-up question: “OK, but what is doom metal?” Immediately, Richmond doom metal outfit Windhand came to mind. Windhand is hardly a pioneer of the niche subgenre of metal, but to me it’s the band that’s most emblematic of doom metal. On its latest album, Grief’s Infernal Flowers, the quartet’s long, heavy songs are stretched out through huge, slow riffs that feel as if they’d collapse if they were played any slower. Read more >>> Windhand performs with Ilsa at 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Slip out of work early if you can today and get to Le Diplomate, which hosts a Fête de Noël from 4 to 5 p.m. The restaurant will debut its holiday decorations and pass out free hot apple cider beignets, foie gras macaroons, gougeres, and Chartreuse-spiked hot chocolate. Le Diplomate,1601 14th St. NW. (202) 332-3333. lediplomatedc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Soul icon Diana Ross joins forces with the NSO Pops for three nights of performances of her hit songs at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 7 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $69–$189.
Portland-based rock quartet Red Fang takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with hard rocking opening acts Torche and Whores. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $25.
Head west to Chevy Chase where Six Six, a new collaboration between Anthony Pirog and Luke Stewart, performs at Comet Ping Pong with Hothead and K A G. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
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