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In 2006, when the delicate, pure falsetto of Jonathan Meiburg first caught my ear, I froze. As Shearwater, Meiburg’s dynamic range left me in awe, starting at nearly inaudible and quickly rising to levels exceeded only by the voice of God. Six years later, in 2012, Meiburg stopped me dead in my tracks again with his and Sharon Van Etten’s cover of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.” It was proof that Meiburg could pull off traditional rock. Shearwater’s Animal Joy, released in the same year, pushed the band toward a rock audience, but the results weren’t fine-tuned. Its latest, Jet Plane and Oxbow, hits the mark. The group rips through ’80s dance rock with a sense of grandeur thanks to film composer Brian Reitzell, whose instrumentation sounds sprawling and fresh. Read more >>> Shearwater performs with Cross Record at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $14. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
Taco Bamba is kicking of a guest chef series today. Water & Wall and Chase the Submarine chef Tim Ma will be on hand from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. making his own taco special with Maryland crab, green goddess dressing, spicy slaw, and chicharrones ($5). Stay tuned for new tacos from guest chefs each month. Taco Bamba, 2190 Pimmit Drive, Falls Church. (703) 639-0505. tacobambarestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Rhode Island-based rock band Deer Tick plays a rare acoustic show at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue with opening act Mutual Benefit. 8 p.m. at 600 I St. NW. $25.
Head to Capital Fringe’s Trinidad headquarters for an evening of experimental rock, featuring sets by Eerie Wanda, Protect-U, and Andrew Bernstein. 9 p.m. at 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Free.
Forum Theatre begins performances of The Pillowman, Martin McDonagh‘s black comedy about a writer imprisoned in a totalitarian state. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 8 p.m. at 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $18.
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