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For Bay Area musician Kristina Esfandiari, King Woman is something like a dark alter ego. Formerly the vocalist for San Francisco shoegaze outfit Whirr, Esfandiari’s current musical output is split between King Woman and Miserable—both are solo projects of sorts, but occupy different ends of her musical spectrum. With King Woman, Esfandiari embraces her doom and metal influences and uses it as a vehicle for confronting dark periods of her past. And that’s just what Doubt, the outfit’s 2015 EP is: Esfandiari’s confrontation with her oppressively religious upbringing. Read more >>> King Woman performs with Wax Idols and Dot Dash at 8:30 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. $9.99–$12. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Matt Cohen)


Brookland’s Finest is hosting a weekly crab boil every Wednesday this summer. The $25 feast includes Maryland blue crabs, red potatoes, andouille sausage in a spicy Old Bay broth, and sweet corn. Seasonal beers from Denizens Brewing Company will rotate each week, and the regular a la carte menu will also be available. Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen, 3126 12th St. NE. (202) 636-0050. brooklandsfinest.com. (Robin Eberhardt)


For a look at how the financial crisis affected ordinary Americans, head to Kramerbooks, where authorDavid Dayen reads from Chain of Title, his new book about individuals who lost their homes due to foreclosure fraud. 6:30 p.m. at 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

Canadian electronic act Purity Ring wraps up a two-night stand at 9:30 Club in support of its latest album, Another Eternity. Vocalist Autre Ne Veut opens the show. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $30.

New Zealand-bred rock band Yumi Zouma takes the stage at DC9 with local electronic rockers Color Palette. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.

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