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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 Fausett, Bearnaise/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 Care. Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600. graffiatodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
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 Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10.
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