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The intimate solitude of a college dorm room can breed pretty intense emotions, particularly if it’s home to an emerging musician. But Bellows, the current project of guitarist Oliver Kalb, which began as a solo dorm experiment, has managed to transcend the shallow emotions of youth. It comes from Kalb’s delicate lyrics, which capture the tenderness of the early days of a relationship without becoming repetitive or twee. “I want you to never leave this car, it’s my smallest part in the sacred heart,” he sings on “Sacred Heart.” It sounds just like falling in love. Read more >>> Bellows performs with Sitcom and Bless at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Caroline Jones)
Sample from 20 beers and 20 bourbons at Jack Rose Dining Saloon tonight. From 5 to 9 p.m., the restaurant and bar will feature a draft takeover from Devils Backbone along with a guest appearance from brewmaster Jason Oliver. Don’t miss the Jack Rose exclusive release: an old ale aged for 13 months in a 12-year Willett bourbon barrel. For more DC Beer Week events, head to Young & Hungry. Jack Rose Dining Saloon, 2007 18th St. NW. (202) 588-7388. jackrosediningsaloon.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Local acts Puff Pieces and Gauche join forces with Texas-based post-punk ensemble Polio Club and British punks Frau for a global gathering at Union Arts DC. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 411 New York Ave. NE. $12.
For a contemporary look at the local rock ‘n’ roll scene, head to Velvet Lounge, where Social Station, Time Is Fire, Gender Studies, and Mittenfields perform. 8:30 p.m. at 915 U St. NW. $8.
Nashville-bred soul act the Lonely Biscuits head north for a show at DC9. They’re joined by fellow Nashvillians Keeps, a dream-pop duo. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.
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