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Exploding gangs of clowns and crying children don’t sound like they make for a particularly happy music video, but on their latest album, Broken Into Better Shape, the gentlemen from Good Old War are inserting brightness wherever they can find it. Whether that’s through the lead single “Tell Me What You Want From Me” or the new reverb and percussion-heavy sounds they’re incorporating on this fourth album, each song seems to twinkle. Even the song titles—“Never Gonna See Me Cry,” “I’m the One”—harness an upbeat charm, making Good Old War the ideal soundtrack for a summer evening. Read more >>> Good Old War performs with Pete Hill and Elliot Root at 8 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 F St. NW. $15–$20. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com. (Caroline Jones)
Find tons of local beers all in one place at ChurchKey tonight. The Logan Circle bar is devoting all 50 draft lines plus five casks to local breweries including 3 Stars, DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works, Bluejacket, Right Proper, and Hellbender. Also check out New Columbia Distillers’ Eau de Brau, a spirit made from distilling DC Brau beer. The event goes from 4 to 11 p.m. See more top picks for DC Beer Week on Young & Hungry. ChurchKey, 1337 14th St. NW. (202) 567-2576. churchkeydc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Travel back in time to 1993 and head to Wolf Trap’s Filene Center for a performance by Counting Crows. The band is allegedly touring in support of its new album, Somewhere Under Wonderland, but rest assured that you’ll hear classics like “A Long December” and “Mr. Jones.” Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-yeah! 7 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $45–$60.
Comedian Owen Benjamin, who’s been seen on The Tonight Show and Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, performs a free solo show at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. Local performer Jamel Johnson opens the show. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Wild New Jersey-based rock duo Brick + Mortar takes the stage at DC9 with Fairfax alt-rock band Calm the Waters. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12.
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