Some people judge potential new acquaintances based on the books they say they love. Others judge new friends and, let’s be honest, old friends, by their record collections. Director Jason Blackmore experiments with this premise by asking underground musicians like Jello Biafra, Keith Morris, and John Reis to reveal their music libraries to him. The result is a series of conversations that touch on bygone record stores, favorite albums, and the first time these musicians heard the albums that changed their lives. Read more >>> The film shows at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Caroline Jones)
The downstairs bar at the W Washington D.C. hotel has gone from serving wine to whiskey. Root Cellar opens today with a list of about 90 whiskies and some barrel aged-cocktails, including a negroni and white rye Manhattan. Pinea, the new Southern European restaurant upstairs, will supply a menu of bruschetta, charcuterie, crab-guanciale croquetas, and more. Read more on Young & Hungry. Root Cellar, 515 15th St. NW. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Tropicalia welcomes Houston’s Rabit and Brooklyn’s Tripletrain for an evening of heavy bass and club music. 9 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $8–$10.
Take in a mix of funk, hip-hop, and jazz when local act the Lucky So & So’s plays Rock & Roll Hotel with All the Best Kids and Trina Trinity and Far EXP. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $12.
Indie folk-pop act Wild Child performs at 9:30 Club with Pearl and the Beard and James Tillman. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $15.
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