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Indie-pop artist Mat Cothran, who records as Elvis Depressedly, has always made music that walks the fine line between devilishly funny and achingly sad. “If there’s a cool spot in hell/I hope you get it,” he sings on “Weird Honey” from last year’s album Holo Pleasures, his voice quivery but stoic in the swirling, lo-fi landscape. However, thanks to a vast online fan base and a recently announced contract with famed emo label Run For Cover, things are looking up for Cothran, and our first peek at the latest Elvis Depressedly record New Alhambra—the sleepy, string-laden “No More Sad Songs (N.M.S.S.)”—seems to suggest that he and the band believe it too. Read more >>> Elvis Depressedly performs with Told Slant at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Dean Essner)
Republic’s Tuesday LGBT happy hour is Britney Spears–themed this week in honor of the pop singer’s birthday. There will be plenty of Britney music, of course, as well as $5 Aperol spritzes and glasses of rosé. In honor of the star’s home state of Louisiana, there will be $10 po-boys too. Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park. (301) 270-3000. republictakoma.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Shakespeare Theatre Company begins performances of The Tempest, the Bard’s tale of passion, shipwrecks, and magic, at Sidney Harman Hall. 7:30 p.m. at 610 F St. NW. $20–$95.
New Build, a London-based trio featuring Al Doyle of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem, takes the stage at U Street Music Hall with Museum of Love, Steven Faith, and Martin Miguel. 9 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $10.
Broadway composer and vocalist Steven Lutvak performs original songs and classic showtunes at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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