Signed to the venerable indie rock tastemaker Kanine Records (home to Grizzly Bear, Chairlift, and Surfer Blood), Brighton, U.K.–based band Fear of Men has transformed a reliable and charming indie-pop sound into something staunch and disarming on its new record, Fall Forever. That’s not to say the new compositions lack the tenderness of the band’s first effort, but after a much praised debut album, Fear of Men has returned with an updated, harsher drive that feels both like a courageous risk and a natural step forward. Read more >>> Fear of Men performs with Puro Instinct at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Quinn Myers)
Capitol City Brewing Company has launched new summer specials at its Shirlington location. On Thursdays from now until the end of August, the “Four Core Beers”—Capitol Kölsch, Pale Rider Ale, Amber Waves Ale, and Prohibition Porter—are $2.50 all day. Peach, mango, watermelon, and pomegranate margaritas are $5 on Wednesdays, and beers are $2 off during happy hour on Friday. 4001 Campbell Avenue, Arlington. (703) 578-3888. capcitybrew.com. (Sarah Anne Hughes)
OH AND ALSO
Long-lasting punk ensemble Dead Kennedys has been performing for nearly 40 years and tonight is no different. The band plays 9:30 Club with The Welch Boys and Walk the Plank. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Rock & Roll Hotel hosts an evening of hip-hop, featuring sets by Black Milk & Nat Turner, Nappynappa, and Ab and Nat Turner. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
Afghan musicians Homayoun Sakhi and Salar Nader perform on the National Mall and celebrate their heritage as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6:30 p.m. on the National Mall at 4th Street. Free.
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