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On most December nights, seeing a band like Dagger Moon would be seasonably appropriate—their style of proggy doom metal evokes images of a snowy, barren post-apocalyptic wasteland. Basically, if the train in Snowpiercer had a stereo, it would probably play something akin to the local quintet. Unfortunately, the recent spate of unseasonably warm weather is more favorable to the second band on Black Cat’s Tuesday night bill, Scanners. The newish local trio’s style of Lemonheads-esque power-pop is a far cry from Dagger Moon’s sound: The former is perfect car stereo fodder for a breezy summer drive, while the latter’s music hits you like an air cannon to the chest. Read more >>> Dagger Moon performs with Scanners and Airhead DC at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Matt Cohen)


Blue Duck Tavern is serving four-ounce pours from rare magnum bottles as part of its weekly “Blue Duck Uncorked” program. Every Tuesday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., the restaurant will highlight a different wine not normally found on its list, although it’s not cheap at $30 per pour. Today, Blue Duck will pour a 1995 Perrier-Jouet Le Belle Epoque Champagne. The Tuesday-only promotion continues through March 29. Blue Duck Tavern, 24th and M streets NW. (202) 419-6755. blueducktavern.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Rock Creek Social Club presents its annual “Home for the Holidays” showcase at U Street Music Hall, featuring sets from Jerome Baker III, Spinser Tracy, and DJ Spicoli. 10 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10–$20

The Washington Chorus sings its intricately arranged carols at its “Candlelight Christmas” performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $18–$72.

Head to Addison/Ripley Fine Art in Georgetown to check out its latest exhibition of paintings by abstract artist Wolf Kahn, then head down to its pop up space on 33rd Street to pick up gifts of art for the final people on your list. Noon at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW and 1662 33rd St. NW. Free.

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