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What better way to exercise your post-Thanksgiving aggression and subsequent emotional regression than with the most gleefully regressive genre of them all: pop punk. Portland’s Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie of Sacramento’s Groovie Ghoulies have teamed up for the Maul of America tour, wherein the former band plays a set of its own songs and backs Kepi for Groovie Ghoulies’ “classics.” This joining of forces should come as little surprise for power-chord aficionados; the members of Mean Jeans are meticulous students of the Lookout Records playbook, with its cartoonish imagery, tongue-in-cheek humor, and hard partying ‘tude. In their mid-’90s heyday, the Groovie Ghoulies’ goofy Halloween-obsessed shtick helped shape the Lookout template. Read more >>> Mean Jeans performs with Kepi Ghoulie and Passing Phases at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com(Matt Siblo)


Industry Takeover Night is back at Graffiato. This month, Trummer’s On Main chef Austin FausettBearnaise/Good Stuff Eatery chef Spike Mendelsohn, and Atlanta-based chef Asha Gomez will man the kitchen. Stop by from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. for free snacks at the downstairs pizza bar and deals on drinks from Del Campo bartender Mary Kelly. Half of the $10 cover charge goes to CareGraffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600. graffiatodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)


Local punk act the Delarcos perform at Arlington’s IOTA Club & Cafe with the Charm Offensive and King Mixer. 8:30 p.m. at 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10.

Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band headline a USO-sponsored benefit concert for U.S. troops at the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall. 7:30 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $250.

Head to Tropicalia for an evening of reggae and dub featuring legendary performers Desi Hyson, Tuff Lion, and Dr. Dubenstein. Find more details on Facebook8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.

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