Powering through a Goatwhore album means awakening a certain sense of liberty and freedom that you’ll only get with black metal. That’s never been more true than on Goatwhore’s 2014 album Constricting Rage of the Merciless. The title alone should let you know that the four-set headbangers want fans to shirk all things that bind the soul and tether it to the ground. On tracks like “FBS,” guitarists Sammy Duet and James Harvey start with speed and end with speed, but in between let the guitars come to a count in steady, slow-building rhythms. Read more >>> Goatwhore performs with Black Breath, Ringworm, and Theories at 7:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $15. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
For those lucky enough to have jobs with “summer hours,” Matchbox has a new “summer sessions” happy hour for you. Weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m., all five local locations will offer $6 wines by the glass and $5 draft beers. “Quittin’ time” cocktails, $7, include sangria and a bourbon drink called Southern Charmer with peach nectar and black pepper-ginger syrup. The happy hour also features deals on lobster rolls, mini meatballs, and more. Matchbox, multiple locations. matchbox369.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Oakland-based soul singer Goapele takes the stage at the Howard Theatre with opening acts Chris Turner and Eric Roberson. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $29.50–$60.
Archers of Loaf, a rock band out of Ashville, N.C., celebrates the release of its latest album, Curse of the Loaf, with a headlining show at the Black Cat. Pop-punk act Monsoon also appears. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $20.
Cross your fingers that the rain holds off, allowing you to visit Fort Reno to check out performances by Boon, ambient folk act Near Northeast, and surf rockers J. Flax and the Heart Attacks. 7 p.m. at Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW. Free.
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