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Colombia’s eccentric Meridian Brothers are not actually brothers. The “brothers” are a band, formed in 1998 and led by guitarist and laptop programmer Eblis Álvarez, that mixes unusually syncopated rock, cumbia, jazz, and champeta with 1950s alien movie sound effects, xylophone-like ringing, and eerie clown laughs. On its latest album, Salvadora Robot, the group also incorporates distorted vocals, animal sounds, Zappa-esque humor, and lounge keyboard grooves influenced by quirky Mexican composer Esquivel. Don’t just take my word for it: The band’s own Twitter bio describes its work as tropical collage, hapless salsa, bombastic rock, non-easy listening, eclectic shit, protest noise, and atonal cumbia. Read more >>> Meridian Brothers perform with Cigarette, Time Is Fire, and Alumbra DC at 8 p.m. at Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 629-4535. tropicaliadc.com. (Steve Kiviat)
Cleveland Park’s Cafe Deluxe is celebrating 20 years in the neighborhood with a different deal every day through June 21. Get two burgers and two beers for $20 today, or snag a free cupcake if you’re one of the first 100 guests when the restaurant opens at 11 a.m. on Saturday. On Friday, diners can enter a raffle to win tickets to the Washington Ballet, a voucher for $200 worth of cooking classes at L’Academie de Cuisine, or a tour of DC Brau’s brewery. Cafe Deluxe, 3228 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 686-2233. cafedeluxe.com. (Morgan Baskin)
OH AND ALSO
Brooklyn-based chamber pop quintet Miracles of Modern Science performs at Comet Ping Pong with local bands Honest Haloway and Incredible Change. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Travel back in time to the early ’90s when Soul Asylum and Meat Puppets take the stage at 9:30 Club. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $35.
Author and editor Jabari Asim reads from his latest work, Only the Strong, which follows the experiences of four people in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., at Busboys and Poets 14th & V. 6:30 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. Free.
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