“When I die, bury me in the clothes of my youth,” James Alex sings during “Art Damage,” one of the meatier tunes on A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings, the latest and most polished LP by Beach Slang. It’s probably not an empty request: The Philly frontman apparently refuses to wash the raffish sports jacket he wears for every show. For a dude with less self-awareness, such a decision might seem corny or neurotic, but Alex is a grown-up punk, and every detail seems rooted in authenticity in one way or another. Read more >>> Beach Slang performs with Bleached and Hunny at 7:30 p.m. at The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $16–$18. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Joe Warminsky)


Lapis won a Bib Gourmand from Michelin last week, deeming the Afghan restaurant both of high quality and high value. Try an order of aushak dumplings stuffed with leeks and topped with ground beef, yellow split peas, and strained yogurt ($10) or an order of buranee kadoo with sautéed pumpkin topped with garlic yogurt and dry mint ($8). Lapis, 1847 Columbia Road NW. (202) 299-9630. lapisdc.com. (Laura Hayes)


Folk icon Richard Thompson plays a solo acoustic show at the Birchmere with one of his artistic inheritors, Sam Amidon. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $69.50.

Congolese band L’Orchestre Afrisa International brings its rumba soukous rhythms to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage in collaboration with the Richmond Folk Festival. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Virginia-based rock ensemble King Giant headlines a night of rock at DC9 featuring sets from Freedom Hawk and Serpents of Secrecy. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $8.

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