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My look last summer was “hapless gas station robber,” and I had a Spotify playlist—“Summer Dirtbags”—to go with it. Nothing went better with jeans and madras shirts buttoned too low than The Orwells. Rock ’n’ roll is supposed to suck now, and it mostly does, but that news hasn’t reached these Illinois natives who play suburban teen rock like it’s still cool. The result sounds like Titus Andronicus if that band were taken over by The Strokes and had never heard of the Civil War. The influence of early aughts Strokes is even more apparent on “Buddy,” the 86-second track full of banging percussion The Orwells released earlier this month. Read more >>> The Orwells perform with The Symposium and Shirt/Pants at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. Sold out. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Will Sommer)
A fresh duo of sandwiches debuted today as a part of G by Mike Isabella‘s Sandwich Madness, journalist edition. Try NBC4’s Eun Yang’s “Seoul Stopper” with crispy fried chicken thigh, Korean radish salad, gochujang glaze, and kewpie mayo ($12) or Washingtonian’s Anna Spiegel’s “Un-PHO-gettable Dip” with roasted pork, sriracha-lime vinaigrette, hoisin, and pho broth ($13). G by Mike Isabella, 2201 14th St. NW. (202) 234-5015. gbymikeisabella.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Dream-pop artist Mr Little Jeans, a.k.a. Monica Birkenes, performs at U Street Music Hall with Trace and Color Palette. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. $18.
Author and editor Okey Ndibe reads from his new memoir Never Look an American in the Eye: A Memoir of Flying Turtles, Colonial Ghosts, and the Making of a Nigerian American at Busboys and Poets 14th & V. 6:30 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. Free.
Detroit-based hip-hop artist Danny Brown plays a noisy show at the Fillmore with opening acts Maxo Kream, Zelooperz, and Innanet James. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $25.
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