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In a city where DIY punk rock commands significant musical authority, a band like the Raised by Wolves sounds refreshing and different. Its songs are dense, for one thing, with swells of complex instrumentation that add depth to hooks. On its first album, Sadie Hawkins, and its newest single, “Gorgeously Yours,” the band has the confidence to go in many directions at once without ever sacrificing a sense of fun. Ben Eskin and Dusty Durston, the band’s only members, have the right mix of ambition and patience so that the crowd can sing along with them live and appreciate the artistry later. Read more >>> The Raised by Wolves performs with Lighting Fires at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Alan Zilberman)
Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is hosting its summer crab boil tonight beginning at 5 p.m. The $25 weekly deal will get you a Flying Dog Dead Rise Old Bay Summer Ale along with Maryland blue crabs, spicy sausage, corn, and potatoes. If that doesn’t sound like your style, look out for new additions to the menu like crab cake sliders with aioli ($15), grilled peach salad ($6-$9), and a chicken panini with sundried tomato spread ($14). Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen, 3126 12th St. NE. (202) 636-0050. brooklandsfinest.com. (Morgan Baskin)
OH AND ALSO
Some films didn’t quite make the cut for this year’s DC Shorts Film Festival. Decide which ones deserve a second chance at Penn Social tonight. “Cheers and Sneers” asks guests to clap for the films they want to see in the festival and jeer those that should go; the last film standing will be added to the festival’s lineup. 7:30 p.m. at 801 E St. NW. $10.
It’s a banjo jam at Wolf Trap when masterful performers Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn join newgrass band Punch Brothers at the Filene Center. 7:30 p.m. at 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$50.
Synetic Theater returns to a favorite production, its silent take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for a brief midsummer run. 8 p.m. at 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. $10.
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