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The songs of local indie-rock quartet Makeshift Shelters might sound eerily familiar the first time you hear them. Young suburban love at its starry-eyed best and volatile worst are Makeshift Shelters’ bread and butter—just listen to “This Song Is Definitely Not About a Boy,” a lament about not being able to hold hands with a boy. Lead vocalist Ella Boissonnault sings urgent lyrics with unassuming sweetness over clattering percussion while bandmates Andrew Clark and Phil Edfors wail on their guitars. Read more >>> Makeshift Shelters performs with Taking Meds and Polyon at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.

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The Brentwood Arts Exchange celebrates its fifth anniversary with a show featuring works by many of the artists who have displayed pieces there over the years. 10 a.m. at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, Md. Free.

Volatile punk band Perfect Pussy visits the Black Cat Backstage with teenage alternative duo Skating Polly and local rockers Baby Bry Bry and the Apologists. 7:30 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $13.

Since its founding in 1994, Portuguese band the Gift has toured the world and performed with big-name acts like the Flaming Lips. They perform at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage as part of its Iberian Suite series. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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