We know D.C. Get our free newsletter to stay in the know.
In December of 2016, legendary post-hardcore band At the Drive-In released “Governed by Contagions,” their first song in 16 years. Bursting with buzzing guitar riffs and hard-hitting percussion, “Governed by Contagions” aggressively broaches the topic of urban dystopia—just in time for Donald Trump’s America. At the Drive-In reunited in the spring of 2016 for an extensive world tour, only to cancel the latter end of it due to singer Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s struggle with an illness that affects his vocal chords. Following the heartbreaking cancellation, drummer Tony Hajjar promised fans they’re doing everything necessary to remain a band for years to come. The band has faithfully delivered on that promise with rousing new music and a five-date spring tour kicking off right here in D.C. At the Drive-In performs with Le Butcherettes at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $45. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Casey Embert)
The so-called Spring Wine Fling kicks off today and runs through Sunday. As part of the event, which is organized by Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. area restaurants will be pouring flights of wine at special prices (3 wines for $15 or 5 wines for $25). Participants include Acqua Al 2, BLT Steak, Compass Rose, Jaleo, Proof, Slate Wine Bar & Bistro, Zaytinya, and more. Most flights are available whenever the restaurants are open for business, but a few only offer the discounted flights during happy hour. Check this website for details before heading out. Multiple locations. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Chicago post-punk quartet NE-HI performs at DC9 with Mount Rainier’s Makeup Girl. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
Playing music is a cathartic experience, and there’s no better way to experience the catharsis—free of the constraints of structure—than through improvisation. Experimental music house RhizomeDC is hosting an improv music session tonight free to players of all skill level “dedicated to non-idiomatic/pan-idiomatic/’free’ playing.” 7 p.m. at 6950 Maple St. NW. $5.
By now, you’ve probably caught up on most of the big winners and nominees from this year’s Academy Awards. But there are still plenty of great films that came out last year you probably didn’t see—or even hear of. Enter Krisha, easily one of 2016’s best films, and one you likely didn’t even know existed. Shot in just nine days, with a shoestring budget, and starring most of writer/director Trey Edward Schults‘s friends and family, Krisha tells the story of a woman reuniting with her family after more than a decade of estrangement. It’s a terse and terrifically acted family drama that should’ve gotten a lot more attention than it did when first released. Catch it tonight at Silver Spring’s AFI Silver Theatre. 7 p.m. at 8633 Colesville Road. $13.