The plaintive mewling of mid-’90s British alt rock has been largely silenced since Oasis devolved into a fight between siblings and Radiohead got wrapped up in synthesizers. If you’re looking for something new that sounds like it’s from that two-decade-old scene, your new favorite band is Other Lives. Lyrically, many tracks deal with the emotionally fraught arena of love, but what makes Other Lives truly captivating to watch is its delicately layered instrumentals. The combination of bass, cello, and piano with a smattering of suspended cymbal sounds lush and beautiful, even more so when you see the band members create it in person. Read more >>> Other Lives performs with Riothorse Royale at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $18. (202) 388-7635. (Caroline Jones)


Vinegars are starting to show up in cocktails all over the place. Notably, Maketto on H Street NE makes its own drinking vinegars in flavors like beet, hibiscus, turmeric, and rosemary. They’re served in cocktails for $10, with palm sugar and soda water for $5, and on their own for $2. Read more about this offering on Young & Hungry. Maketto, 1351 H St. NE. (202) 838-9972. (Jessica Sidman)


Texas-based honky-tonk artist Joe Ely, a friend of the Clash, performs tonight at the Birchmere. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25.

Orchestral rock band the Red Paintings, whose members hail from London and Los Angeles, brings its lush arrangements and elaborate costumes to the Black Cat Backstage. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

In anticipation of next weekend’s Our City Film Festival, visit the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library to see four short films about the neighborhoodAt 9th and S, a look at the Capital Pool Checkers Men’s Club; U Street, an imagining of the neighborhood as it was decades ago; Locating U, which looks at the Ethiopian businesses that populate the neighborhood; and Barberin’, which checks in on the patrons of Edges Barbershop at 14th and U streets NW. 6:30 p.m. at 1630 7th St. NW. Free.

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