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When Katie Crutchfield, the indie-pop songwriter who performs under the moniker of Waxahatchee, raked in the critical praise for her 2012 debut album, American Weekend, she specialized in lo-fi gems that set confessional lyrics to concise guitar strumming and memorable hooks. Ivy Tripp, Waxahatchee’s third album, will mark the next logical phase in Crutchfield’s artistic development when it drops later this month. The album’s lead single, “Air,” features a haunting synth line and sounds more grandiose than past Waxahatchee songs, but Crutchfield’s measured, emotive melodies remain the focal point. Read more >>> Waxahatchee performs with the Goodbye Party and Nox at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcat.com. (Dan Singer)
Jackson 20’s Doggy Happy Hour returns today in the restaurant and Hotel Monaco’s courtyard. From 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday through October, dogs and their owners can mingle, while humans enjoy cocktails and bites from Jackson 20’s new spring menu. Jackson 20, 480 King St., Alexandria. (703) 842-2790. jackson20.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Authors Elizabeth Strout and Allan Gurganus are both known for expertly chronicling local life in America. Tonight, they discuss their craft with one another at the Folger Elizabethan Theatre. 7:30 p.m. at 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15.
Richmond-based singer and soul musician Matthew E. White takes the stage at Rock & Roll Hotel with Wilsen, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-London dream-pop vocalist. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $14.
The New York City Ballet begins its spring stint at the Kennedy Center with three Balanchine ballets including “Serenade,” the first ballet the master created in America. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $25–$109.
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