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Polyon describes itself as “fuzz rock” influenced by “toxic space debris”—which, according to my sub-genre-to-English decoder, means a lot of early-aughts gloom rock. So far, so Fort Reno. You’re braving mosquitoes and wet blankets here for Jack on Fire, a band-cum-prankster collective that sounds like Le Tigre in the last days of the Weimar Republic. Jack on Fire hit the big time last year with a song urging listeners to burn down the Brixton, the most prominent house on U Street’s Greek Row. Since then, the group has made posters accusing Mayor Muriel Bowser of being a sleeper agent for the condo agenda and cultivated feuds with members of Congress. Read more >>> Jack on Fire performs with Polyon at 7 p.m. at Fort Reno, Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW. Free. fortreno.com. (Will Sommer)
We learned from Sideways and Bottle Shock that California wines are something like America’s saving grace in sophistication, but the nation has more to offer in wine than the fruits of Napa Valley. Today, Oyamel in Penn Quarter begins its Southwest Wine Festival, paying homage to several wineries in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Until August 9, the restaurant offers complimentary wine tastings, wine flights, and winemaker dinners. For the latter, $79 per person and a reservation with email@example.com will get you a five-course menu served alongside the wines and their in-person makers. For more information on dates, times, and the featured wineries, visit the restaurant website. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 7th St. NW. (202) 628-1005. oyamel.com. (Olivia Adams)
OH AND ALSO
Bypass the ball pit and instead check out the National Building Museum’s latest exhibition, “Investigating Where We Live,” which features photos of monuments big and small by local teens. 10 a.m. at 401 F St. NW. $3–$8.
Australian indie pop sextet Sheppard ventures stateside for a performance at U Street Music Hall with London-based band Lawson. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $12.
Marriages, a new band featuring Red Sparowes members Emma Ruth Rundle and Greg Burnes, plays DC9 with Creepoid and Atlas At Last. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14.
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