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Pale, big-voiced Brits seem to draw in American listeners as if they’re singing siren songs. First, Adele helped all of us through real or hypothetical breakups, and earlier this year, Sam Smith told us how to deal with loneliness and despair. The next soulful singer to sway audiences could be Alex Clare, a bearded redhead who, in moments, sounds like a hardened bluesman and claims Donny Hathaway, the Fugees, and Stevie Wonder among his top influences. He stops at the 9:30 Club in support of his latest album, Three Hearts, a collection of romantic lyrics accompanied by dubstep beats and crashing cymbals. Read more >>> Alex Clare performs with firekid and Taylor Berrett at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. 930.com. (Caroline Jones)
Commissary is counting down the days to Christmas with a different promotion every day through Dec. 25. Today, stop by for a special “throwback Thursday” three-course menu. Tomorrow, the restaurant will offer half-price wine. Other upcoming specials include a $15 bottomless latke and doughnut bar for Hanukkah on the 22nd and 20 percent off all takeout orders on the 23rd. Check out all the deals here. Commissary, 1443 P St. NW. (202) 299-0018. commissarydc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Learn the Brazilian dance styles of forró and samba, then stick around and show off your new moves when Brazilian act Trio Momô performs at Bossa Bistro. 7:30 p.m. at 2463 18th St. NW. $10 for the dance class, $5 for the concert.
Atlanta pop-rock band Baby Baby performs at DC9 with Phantomweight and Wild Love. 8:30 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $10.
Celebrate the third night of Hanukkah at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with music from acclaimed local klezmer band Lox & Vodka. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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