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Yelling about marginalization and feeling disconnected from yourself isn’t anything new, especially in D.C. But Brooklyn hardcore band Big Ups taps into a vein of political, heaving melodies that should draw in even the most jaded local punk. The band’s second album, Before a Million Universes, released early this month, builds on its ability to straddle the line between overt political statements and more intimate questions about drug use, family, and personal expectations. Live, the charisma and raw power of frontman Joe Galarraga’s chaotic lunges into the audience put the band a step ahead of its screaming peers. Read more >>> Big Ups performs with Washer and Polyon at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com. (Quinn Myers)
Oaxacan-inspired restaurant and mezcal bar Espita Mezcaleria opened yesterday in Shaw. The new spot from Master Mezcalier Josh Phillips offers around 85 mezcals as well as mezcal cocktails. The food menu includes tacos with tortillas are made from scratch in-house, a range of salsas and mole dishes, ceviche, and more. Read more on Young & Hungry. Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th St. NW. (202) 621-9695. espitadc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Noel Manzullo hosts an evening of local rock at the Black Cat Backstage, featuring performances by Des Demonas, Scanners, and Dirt City. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Producer and songwriter Porches takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with opening acts Alex G and Your Friend. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $13.50–$15.
Local folk artist Stranger in the Alps celebrates the release of his latest single with a performance at Adams Morgan’s Songbyrd Music House and Record Cafe. He’s joined by fellow rock acts Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers and Andrew Aylward. 7:30 p.m. at 2477 18th St. NW. $10–$12.
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