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There are astoundingly few consistencies in His Name Is Alive’s decades-long career other than an unshakable commitment to left turns. On its latest album, the band finally settles on an appropriate form that can fully contain both its technical skill and disregard for genre allegiance. Tecuciztecatl scans mostly like a classic experimental prog album—long run times, bright ‘70s strumming, wailing guitar solos—but with satisfyingly eccentric deviations and nods to other sounds His Name Is Alive has mastered over the past two-plus decades. Read more >>> His Name Is Alive performs with Geoff Britches at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Maxwell Tani)
Tonight, Tryst hosts the Thursday Night Throwdown, a bracket-style latte art competition between local baristas. Customers are invited to enjoy live music from Gramophonic along with bar specials and $1 drip coffees. Music starts at 7 p.m., and the competition starts at 9 p.m. Tryst, 2459 18th St. NW. (202) 232-5500. trystdc.com. (Morgan Hines)
OH AND ALSO
Chamber-pop sextet Phox performs at 9:30 Club with Wisconsin-based folk ensemble Field Report. Read more about the show (and dozens of other arts events) in our Spring Arts Guide. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $15.
Kentucky rock trio White Reaper plays DC9 with D.C. act Night Kitchen. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Next Stop Theatre begins performances of Love, Loss, and What I Wore, a series of linked monologues and sketches performed by six actresses. 7:30 p.m. at 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. $28.
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