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Even aside from its name, there’s something seriously ghoulish about Portland, Ore., synth-rock duo Wampire, so seeing the pair live during the week of Halloween makes perfect sense. On their latest album, Bazaar, members Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps incorporate creepy cackles, screaming guitars, and chant-like vocals into tracks that make fans want to bang their heads and run for their lives. Read more >>> Wampire performs with Tops at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com(Jordan-Marie Smith)


Georgetown’s Il Canale opens an expanded dining room in the former Cannon’s Fish Market space today. The new section of the restaurant adds about 200 seats. The menu of certified Neapolitan pizzas, pastas, and meatballs remains the same. Stop by throughout the month for a free Peroni or cannoli with the purchase of any pizza. Read more on Young & HungryIl Canale, 1063 31st St. NW. (202) 337-4444. ilcanale.com(Jessica Sidman)


Local garage rock quartet Sotano celebrates the release of its new album with a performance at Comet Ping Pong featuring the OBN IIIs, Witch Coast, and Beth Israel. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.

The Black Cat welcomes a collection of Canadian punk acts tonight: Toronto’s Flatliners play with Montreal band Solids and London, Ontario foursome Single Mothers. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Though you inevitably know him better as Samwise Gamgee or Rudy, actor Sean Astin also hosts a political radio show called Vox Populi. He’ll discuss his career and the program at the National Press Club tonight. 6:30 p.m. at  529 14th St. NW. $20.

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