Though only three years elapsed between Lower Dens’ second album Nootropicsand third album Escape From Evil, the Baltimore band’s sound leapfrogged a decade during the hiatus. Nootropics recalls shaggy-haired psych rock from the ’70s, while Escape From Evil is clean-shaven new wave beamed straight out of the ’80s. But the band doesn’t just find sonic inspiration in synth pop; it also channels the genre’s dark, paranoid state of mind. On the standout cut “To Die in L.A.,” vocalist Jana Hunter sings “I’m not crying/ I’m just glad to be alive,” as a Eurythmics-like keyboard phrase plays behind her. Read more >>> Lower Dens performs with Cigarette at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $18. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Dean Essner)
Both locations of Bayou Bakery will be serving a shrimp creole appetizer this week priced at $9. Half of all proceeds from the dish will go to support “Aunt Boo” who lives in Abbeville, Louisiana. Bayou Bakery Chef/Owner David Guas, who hails from New Orleans, says Aunt Boo taught him the fundamentals of his native creole cuisine. Currently her home is more than two feet under water after the devastating floods that hit the state. Bayou Bakery, 901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE and 1515 N Courthouse Road, Arlington. (202) 664-5307; bayoubakerydc.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Acclaimed tap dancer Savion Glover, known for his work on Broadway and on Sesame Street, takes the stage at the Howard Theatre for a solo show that explores the origins of tap. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $35–$75.
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