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Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastien Grainger have each taken many musical paths. Keeler has dabbled in hardcore, punk, noise, and even electro-house while Grainger has played everything from dance music to Saddle Creek-sponsored indie rock. But their best-known—and best—music is as Death From Above 1979, coming together like the Wonder Twins of distortion-heavy dance punk. As DFA1979, they descended like a pair of fallen angels in the early aughts, raining down a mix of thrash drums and fuzzy bass riffs that turned mosh pits into dance parties. The party ended in 2006, but after nearly a decade apart the pair reunited in 2014 with The Physical World, an album tailor made for rockers who still want to dance. Read more >>> Death From Above 1979 performs with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Deap Vally at 8 p.m. at The Fillmore, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $35. (301) 960-9999. fillmoresilverspring.com. (Chris Kelly)
Chef Matt Baker of the forthcoming Ivy City restaurant Gravitas will be slinging sandwiches at Sauf Haus Bier Hall this weekend. His pop-up, “French Exit,” offers three sandwiches, including fried chicken with pimento cheese and a braised beef short rib grilled cheese. There will also be bread pudding for sale for dessert. Items are priced from $4 to $14. Food will be available tonight from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. Sauf Haus, 1216 18th St. NW. (202) 466-3355. saufhausdc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Folk-rock ensemble Hoots and Hellmouth headlines a night of raucous roots music at Gypsy Sally’s featuring sets by Charlottesville’s Will Overman Band and The Vegabonds. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $12–$15.
Friday: Escape into the world of energized pop music and check out a performance byWild Beasts at the Black Cat. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
Saturday: Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi is widely credited as a pioneer of modern sculpture. His simple, almost reductive stone works sit comfortably between the delicately balanced wood and metal works of Constantin Brancusi and the imposing rounded shapes of Sir Henry Moore. The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s latest exhibit pays tribute to Noguchi by both placing him in the appropriate cultural context and showing his inspirations, many of which existed thousands of years before Noguchi was born. Read more >>> The exhibition is on view daily 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., to March 19, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. Free. (202) 633-7970. americanart.si.edu. (Caroline Jones)
Saturday: The Second City collaborates with Woolly Mammoth Theater Company to present Black Side of the Moon, a new comedy show in which performers attempt to break down race relations in America. 8 p.m. at 641 D St. NW. $20.
Sunday: The Washington Chorus’ current season marks its last with Julian Wachner, its director of eight years. The always-effusive and in-demand conductor has been spending more and more time in New York, where he shares a directorship at Trinity Church Wall Street. He will now devote his energy to the church, and also to his his flourishing composing career. For his farewell season opener, Wachner and TWC tackle something few choruses or orchestras do: Philip Glass’s fifth symphony. Read more >>> The Washington Chorus performs at 5 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $18–$72. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org. (Mike Paarlberg)
Sunday: Dance Place presents its first original full-length piece, What’s Going On. It’s a multimedia work that draws inspiration from Marvin Gaye’s 1971 album. 4 p.m. at 3225 8th St. NE. $15–$30.
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