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Blend hypnotic synthesizer arrangements with melodic guitars and introspective lyrics and you’ll get Lower Dens, a Baltimore quartet whose full-bodied songs transfix its listeners. Those songs are sustained by the vocals of lead singer Jana Hunter; her bold delivery, warbling lilts, and vibrato add shadow to the band’s mysterious identity, and the tracks’ instrumental interludes sound like elevator music you might hear on the way to space. Lower Dens is joined by a similarly minded local dream-pop outfit, the Walking Sticks, at this show at AMP, Strathmore’s new and imaginative sister location that spotlights fine dining and eclectic music acts. Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the team behind spots like Red Apron Butcher and ChurchKey, provides the snacks, so expect to leave with equal satisfaction for your belly and your ears. Lower Dens performs with the Walking Sticks at 7:30 p.m. at AMP, 11810 Grand Park Ave., North Bethesda. $12. (301) 581-5100. ampbystrathmore.com. (Jordan-Marie Smith)
Washington City Paper is hosting a whiskey and wine tasting event tonight with live jazz and a performance by a burlesque troupe. The $45 tickets include unlimited tastings of wines and whiskeys from around the world plus light bites and cocktails from top mixologists like Dram & Grain’s Trevor Frye and Rogue 24’s Bryan Tetorakis. The festivities start at 6 p.m. Tickets are available here. Whiskey Whino at Canal Square, 1054 31st St. NW. washingtoncitypaper.com/events/whiskeywhino. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Montreal-based soul act Homeshake plays Comet Ping Pong with indie rock locals the UVF Rays. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Experimental pop vocalist VÉRITÉ takes the stage at DC9 with Pleasure Curses and Furniteur. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Acclaimed Spanish flamenco choreographer María Pagés and her company make their Kennedy Center debut when they perform Utopía, a piece inspired by the work of author José Saramago and architect Oscar Niemeyer. 8 p.m. at 1700 F St. NW. $25–$60.
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