The Laurel Canyon era of mellow guitar pop faded away in the early ’80s but now it’s back thanks to two bands on opposing coasts. Dawes, based in L.A., deals in sun-kissed pop that warms your spirit one moment and breaks it the next. Woods, a Brooklyn-based ensemble, gets a little more creative, incorporating a singing saw and more prevalent percussion on its latest psychedelic tracks. Even with these musical effects in place, the emotional heft remains at the core of Woods’ music. Read more >>> Woods performs with Ultimate Painting and The Sea Life at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13–$15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Caroline Jones)
A poke bowl pop-up is coming to Prequel on May 5, 6, and 13 from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. (or until food runs out). Poke Pop DC will serve four types of poke over rice, including Vietnamese, Korean, and Mexican-inspired options. There’s also a traditional Hawaiian tuna poke bowl with soy ginger dressing, cucumber, wakame seaweed, red onion, scallion, furikake. Prices range from $10 to $12. Read more on Young & Hungry. Poke Pop DC at Prequel, 918 F St. NW,prequelrestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Oakland rapper Del the Funky Homosapien brings his “Iller Than Most” tour to U Street Music Hall along with opening act Sean Anonymous, a hip-hop artist out of Minnesota. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Head to 9:30 Club for a dose of psychedelia from experimental rock act The Brian Jonestown Massacre. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Canadian contemporary dance ensemble Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal performs works by choreographers Benjamin Millepied, Rodrigo Pederneiras, and Andonis Foniadakis at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at Stadium Drive and Route 193, College Park. $10–$25.
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