Titling a plodding song “Giant Biscuit Gravy Bowl” and including the line “veggies are for pussies” automatically turns the ear of listeners, whether they identify as foodies or rock ’n’ roll fans. But dig a little deeper into the four-track demo of local punk act Hemlines, and you’ll find that the band lays its sardonic crosshairs on far worse offenders than plant eaters. Its groove picks up along with the tempo on some more frenzied tracks, with vocalist Katie Park screaming the band’s feminist lyrics with such might and speed, some listeners might find it hard to keep up. Read more >>> Hemlines performs with Proxy States and Two Inch Astronaut at 7 p.m. at Fort Reno Park, Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW. Free. fortreno.com. (Caroline Jones)
Milkshake Mondays at Melt Shop are here—and they’re free. To help fight the D.C. summer heat, the grilled cheese spot will be handing out 100 free “Melt Shakes” to customers every Monday for the rest of July. Visit the Melt Shop website to receive a digital coupon for one of their six different shake flavors: vanilla, Nutella, black and white, Oreo, strawberry, or root beer float. Melt Shop, 1901 L Street NW. (202) 794-8400. meltshop.com. (Josh Solomon)
OH AND ALSO
Electronic rock act Son Lux takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with Brooklyn-based quintet Landlady. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $15.
Head to the Howard Theatre for the first annual DMV Summer Music Festival, featuring performances by the Adam E. Project, SaVannah, Devin White, and many others. 7 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $15–$35.
Blues guitarist Jonny Lang plays the Birchmere in support of his latest album, Fight for my Soul. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $69.50.
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