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Julien Baker’s Sprained Ankle was, hands down, the saddest album I heard in 2015. “Wish I could write songs about anything other than death/ But I can’t go to bed without drawing the red, shaving off breaths,” she sings on the title track. It only gets darker from there. Baker’s achingly mesmerizing, delicate album might come off as typical early-20s ennui, but don’t be fooled: She’s a songwriter wise beyond her years, singing about depression, substance abuse, and crises of faith with the kind of nuance that someone with decades of life experiences under their belt would. Read more >>> Julien Baker performs at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Matt Cohen)
The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington has partnered with UberEats to offer delivery of some Restaurant Week dishes. Today though Friday, the service will feature different Restaurant Week entrees from different restaurants. Today, you can order a torta de carnitas from Fuego Cocina y Tequileria, a kale salad with grilled chicken from Chef Geoff’s, or spaghetti bolognese from Poste Morderne Brasserie. Later this week, find dishes from Georgia Brown’s, The Riggsby, DBGB Kitchen + Bar, and more. Check out all the offerings at ubereats.com/eats/dc. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Alabama-born DIY act Wray headlines an evening of rock at the Black Cat Backstage with local acts ShowPony and Exit Vehicles. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.
Ani DiFranco, the singer-songwriter, activist, and rabble rouser who provided your soundtrack to the ’90s, takes the stage at 9:30 Club with one-man punk band Hamell on Trial. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.
Steven Lutvak, the energetic composer behind A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, now playing at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, performs songs from the show and some additional compositions at the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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