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Like Arcade Fire before them, the Rural Alberta Advantage suggests that our neighbors from the north have a large talent pool for heartfelt indie rock. Since forming in 2006, this multi-instrumental trio out of Toronto has verged on the precipice of major recognition. Finally, with the band’s latest LP, Mended With Gold, it’s getting that attention, thanks to a boost from Saddle Creek Records and NPR. Lead singer/songwriter Nils Edenloff’s twangy emotional vocals and Paul Banwatt and Amy Cole’s lush instrumentals blend warmly, especially on the album’s bleak lead single, “Love on the Rocks,” and the back and forth vocals of Edenloff and Cole bring to mind Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.  Read more >>> The Rural Alberta Advantage performs with July Talk at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $14. (202) 388-7625. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Diana Metzger)


Dupont’s La Tomate Caffe is offering freebies every Tuesday through Dec. 9. For breakfast, get a free croissant with the purchase of an Illy cappuccino, latte, or espresso. Sandwiches and salads come with a free small plate at lunch and free soup of the day at dinner. La Tomate Caffe, 1701 Connecticut Ave. NW. (202) 667-5505. latomatebistro.com/la-tomate-caffe(Jessica Sidman)


Consider the importance of The Great Gatsby and enjoy complimentary gin rickeys at the Hill Center when author Maureen Corrigan discusses her new book, So We Read On with F. Scott Fitzgerald scholar Jackson Bryer. 7 p.m. at 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations required.

Local synth-pop acts Furniteur and Warm Suns perform at Comet Ping Pong with the Atlanta art-rockers of Del Venicci. A DJ set by Kid Congo Powers follows. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.

Colorado bluegrass quintet Yonder Mountain String Band plays 9:30 Club with opening act the Larry Keel Experience. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.

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