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Janel Leppin is one of the hardest-working musicians in D.C. She’s led her own bands before—like her jazz quintet Ensemble Volcanic Ash—but Mellow Diamond is the first project that’s entirely her own. On its gorgeous, dense debut record, which comes out this week on Leppin’s own Wedderburn Records, Leppin emerges as a solo artist in every sense of the term: She played every instrument. That’s not unusual for a solo artist, but damn impressive when you listen to Mellow Diamond and discover the various instrumentation—layers of guitars, cello, organ, harpsichord, vocal melodies, and much more—Leppin used to create such ethereal sounds. Read more >>> Mellow Diamond performs with Pree and Roz and the Rice Cakes at 7:30 p.m. at Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe, 2477 18th St. NW. $9.99–$12. (202) 450-2917. songbyrddc.com. (Matt Cohen)
The chef and owner of Tico and The Riggsby has opened a new Italian restaurant in Mt. Vernon Triangle. Alta Strada, which has two other locations on the East Coast, is inspired by Michael Schlow‘s travels and “Italian food the way I had it in Italy.” Look for pastas like agnolotti with asparagus, mint, pecorino, and pistachios plus pizzas, antipasti, and entrees including roasted branzino or grilled homemade sausage with Tuscan beans, fried egg, and pancetta. Read more on Young & Hungry. Alta Strada, 465 K St. NW. (202) 629-4662. altastrada-cityvista.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The Who celebrates its 50th anniversary with a wild show at Verizon Center with opening act Tal Wilkenfeld. 7:30 p.m. at 601 F St. NW. $49.50–$149.50.
Mosaic Theater Company begins preview performances of After the War, Motti Lerner‘s play about a musician who returns to Israel following a decades long estrangement with his family, at Atlas Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. Pay what you can.
Self-described “cosmic rock” trio Dreamers performs at the Black Cat Backstage with Canadian rock band Arkells and New Jersey-based punk band Karma Killers. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
British brothers David and Peter Brewis, who perform together under the moniker Field Music, take the stage at DC9 with opening act The Effects. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
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