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There’s a peculiar sweetness to Radiator Hospital’s music; a deep appreciation of ’50s and ’60s soul and doo-wop color the Philadelphia quartet’s forward-thinking take on indie-pop. On the band’s latest record, 2014’s Torch Songs, singer/guitarist Sam Cook-Parrott croons with a tinge of melancholy about deeply personal yet universal topics: life, love, regret, anxiety. When Cook-Parrott sings, it’s as if we’re hearing a reading from his personal diary. “No, you say you’ll cut your bangs / I’m calling your bluff / When you lie to me, it’s in the small stuff,” he sings on “Cut Your Bangs.” It’s a somewhat passive-aggressive line, but ends with something resembling affection. These subtle character observations help solidify Cook-Parrott’s position as a deeply affecting lyricist. Radiator Hospital headlines D.C.’s newest venue, Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Record House and Music Cafe, with local pop-punk mainstays the Max Levine Ensemble, who are gearing up to release a brand new album—their first in years. Radiator Hospital performs with the Max Levine Ensemble and Flasher at 7 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. $5–$10 suggested donation. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com.