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A buddy of mine introduced me to Lightning Bolt when I was in college. I had never heard anything like it: With just a bass and drums, two guys from Rhode Island named Brian specialize in an abrasive, heavily distorted kind of noise punk that makes all other music seem tame by comparison. The same buddy told me that listening to Lightning Bolt is like “riding a flaming motorcycle into hell.” Their shows are like that, too. Read more >>> Lightning Bolt performs with Buck Gooter and Group Vision at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $12–$14. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Alan Zilberman)


“Pop-up megaplex” Prequel kicks off its first restaurant pop-up tonight with a burger and lobster concept called Lighthouse. In addition to dinners today and tomorrow, the pop-up will continue Thursdays through Saturdays until June 12. The $57 tickets include a half lobster in garlic butter with salad, a burger with fries, dessert, and three drink pairings curated by Proof and Estadio’s Max Kuller. Get more info about the menu and purchase tickets here. Lighthouse at Prequel, 918 F St. NW. prequeldc.com/lighthouse/about. (Jessica Sidman)


Signature Theatre begins performances of its revival of Cabaret, the Kander and Ebb musical set in a pre-war Berlin nightclub. Wesley Taylor, seen recently on Smash, stars as the Emcee. 7:30 p.m. at 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $29–$85.

British performance poet, comedian, and social commentator Dr. John Cooper Clarke takes the stage at the Hamilton tonight. 7:30 p.m. at 600 F St. NW. $15–$25.

Los Angeles-based psychedelic band Mystic Braves plays the Black Cat Backstage with fellow Californians the Blank Tapes. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $10.

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