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The elegant sound of a harpsichord buzzes in the opening seconds of Julia Holter’s fourth album, Have You In My Wilderness. Not even 30 seconds have gone by when Holter hits the first verse and turns “Feel You” into an easy, compelling pop song. Her mix of modern pop with carefree sounds from music history invokes the same kind of fun tranquility that made Natalie Prass rise in popularity last year. While Prass plays with Broadway, big band, and ’70s country, Holter mines baroque classical, cool jazz, and experimental sounds as she creates songs that feel intimate and imaginative. Read more >>> Julia Holter performs with Circuit des Yeux at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Justin Weber)
Latin steakhouse Toro Toro is offering a new happy hour and free salsa lessons on Thursdays. From 5 p.m. to midnight, find cocktails for $5 to $7, select beers and wines for $5, as well as deals on “small bites” like truffle fries, smoked guacamole, corn masa empanadas, and more. (The same happy hour deals can be found Fridays and Saturdays from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.) Thursdays from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., patrons can also partake in a complimentary group salsa lesson in the downstairs lounge. Afterward, a DJ will play Latin, house, and Top 40 music until 2 a.m. so you can show off your moves. Toro Toro, 1300 I St. NW. (202) 682-9500. richardsandoval.com/torotorodc. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Head to Gypsy Sally’s for a tribute to The Highwaymen, where local country musicians Cold Hard Cash and Human Country Jukebox will perform the music of Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash. 8 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $10–$13.
Psych-punk performer Ty Segall takes the stage at 9:30 Club with opening acts CFM and Axis: Sova. Read more in our Spring Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
A dozen local journalists, including Washington City Paper Food Editor Jessica Sidman, try their hand at standup comedy and compete for the title of D.C.’s funniest journalist at Commedia dell Media at the DC Improv. 7:30 p.m. at 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $20–$30.
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