From 1979 through the early ‘80s, Athens, Ga.-based post-punk band Pylon developed a following on the underground rock scene and among seminal Peach State groups like The B-52’s and R.E.M. But after a tough tour opening for U2, the band broke up in 1983. Various reunions occurred in subsequent years but after guitarist Randall Bewley died of a heart attack in 2009, Pylon was officially done. Then, in 2014, Pylon singer Vanessa Briscoe Hay put together a new combo that does Pylon songs under the name the Pylon Reenactment Society, a moniker based on a joking reference to the band’s last comeback attempt. This year, a catchy instrumental portion of its song “Cool” was heard in a Lexus commercial, a 1983 live concert was released, and the group was namedropped by emerging post-punk artist Sneaks. Read more >>> Pylon Reenactment Society performs with Dressy Bessy and Gauche at 8:30 p.m. at Iota Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. iotaclubandcafe.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Chef Andrew Evans of The BBQ Joint on 14th Street NW has been busy tweaking the menu and perfecting recipes now that the crush of the opening is behind him. Specifically, he says the brisket and pork butt is much better and stacks up to his barbecue competition days. Try them in a two meat plate with two small sides ($21) or on a sandwich ($8 for pork, $10 for brisket). Additionally, each night at the restaurant now has a theme. Thursday “Rhythm & Ribs” nights feature live acoustic music from 8:30 p.m. to close. The BBQ Joint, 2005 14th St. NW, (202) 747-2377, andrewevansbbqjoint.com. (Laura Hayes)
OH AND ALSO
Local post-punk trio Puff Pieces brings its anxious, angular songs to Petworth’s Slash Run tonight, along with Buffalo, NY’s Alpha Hopper and Permanent Waves, the new band from Slant 6/Autoclave‘s Christina Billotte. 9 p.m. at 201 Upshur St. NW. $8.
Mainstays from the Chicago jazz scene hit D.C. tonight at RhizomeDC, with the appearance of composer/saxophonist/clarinetist Ken Vandermark along with The Few—a trio of talented Chicago string instrumentalists Macie Stewart, Charlie Kirchen, and Steve Marquette. 8:30 p.m. at 6950 Maple St. NW. $10.
Once a month, the small Mt. Pleasant movie house Suns Cinema hosts Queer Grrrl Movie Night, with films that “put the spotlight on queer female representation in film,” hosted by Mary Wright. Tonight’s screening is a surprise, but the theme of “Back to School” and the not-so-subtle hints of a “boarding school student-teacher drama” makes us guess it’s probably the modern classic Loving Annabelle. You’ll just have to go to find out for sure. 8 p.m. at 3107 Mount Pleasant St. NW. $5.