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Depression sucks. At its worst, it can be completely debilitating, sucking up your motivation to talk to anyone or do anything. You often worry you’ll never come out of it. But sometimes, the darkest times inspire the greatest art. Of course, it’s not always easy to see that when you’re at your lowest. Such is the case with New York singer-songwriter Mal Blum, whose latest album, 2015’s You Look a Lot Like Me, was written when they were suffering from a crushing year-long depression. What came out of it, however, was a fresh perspective of one’s own self, masterfully told through 10 fuzzed-out, sometimes delicate songs that unravel like therapeutic confessions. Read more >>> Mal Blum performs with Hothead and Bad Moves at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)
Indique in Cleveland Park is celebrating the Indian festival of colors, Holi, tonight. Chef K.N. Vinod will offer Holi-inspired Thali specials (traditional Indian platters with an array of small dishes) at $22 per person for vegetarians and $24 for non-vegetarians. The vegetarian option includes four types of cooked vegetables, while the meat option offers chicken and lamb. Both meals come with lentils, cucumber raita, rice pilaf, bread, papadum (a thin cracker-like flatbread), and rice pudding. Indique, 3512-14 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202)-244-6600. indique.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Rising Appalachia, the folk and soul duo made up of sisters Leah Song and Chloe Smith, bring their haunting fiddle and guitar compositions to Gypsy Sally’s. The sisters are joined by opening act Soul Inscribed. 8 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $15–$18.
Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein brings its world tour to the Howard Theatre, where its members are joined by co-headliners Being As an Ocean and opening acts Emarosa, Coldrain, and Rarity. 6:40 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $19–$23.
Folk singer Alastair Moock and jazz composer Colleen Clark collaborate on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage as part of a program presented by the ASCAP Foundation. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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