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In the midst of jittery guitars and barn-burning choruses, The Effects has an ease and confidence to its sound that can only be attributed to experience. Guitarist Devin Ocampo, drummer David Rich, and bassist Matt Dowling have been a part of the D.C. music scene long enough that its styles and inflections seem to ooze from its members naturally. Listening to this ensemble in some ways is reminiscent of listening to a great jazz trio pull from a lifetime of repertoire. The Effects isn’t weighed down by expectation either. It’s putting out about a song a month when its members feel like they have something worth sharing. Read more >>>The Effects performs with Des Demonas and Santics at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Justin Weber)


Finally, some nice weather! Check out our Summer Guide for a round-up of six recommended places to drink outdoors here. (Jessica Sidman)


Wolf Trap begins its season of summer shows at the Filene Center with lively performances from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as well as New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. 8 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $25–$50.

Acclaimed choreographer Paul Taylor presents pieces from his six-decade long career when his New York-based company performs at the Kennedy Center Terrace Eisenhower Theater starting tonight. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $39–$79.

Southern folk-punk artist Lincoln Dunham takes the stage at DC9 with rock and blues trio The Jones. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

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