On Friday, Sept. 12, I left for Chicago to immerse myself in the aging punk nostalgia gathering that is Riot Fest. I bring this up as a testament to the greatness of Joyce Manor’s Never Hungover Again: After 72 hours of pop punk in Chicago, I am dragging myself to the Rock & Roll Hotel the night I return to seek out more. The band’s newly released full-length finds the members gradually expanding their sound after signing to the major indie label (Epitaph Records) that undoubtedly inspired them to attend more than a few Warped Tours. Read more >>> Joyce Manor performs with the Exquisites and Mike Bell and the Movies at 7:30 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $13. (202) 388-7635. rockandrollhoteldc.com.
Taco Bamba is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with special menu items that will roll out each week over the next four weeks. Now through Sept. 21, for example, patrons can try gorditas stuffed with tamarind-braised beef and topped with pickled watermelon rind and fresno chilis for $7.50. For Mexican Independence Day, today only, the Falls Church taqueria will also feature three dishes for $12, including the gordita, a mole poblano chicken tamale, and a taco with pork butt braised in achiote, garlic, and bitter orange juice and roasted in banana leaves. Taco Bamba, 2190 Pimmit Dr., Falls Church. (703) 639-0505. tacobambarestaurant.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Americana trio Goodnight, Texas performs at the Black Cat Backstage with Brooklyn roots act the Bones of J.R. Jones. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.
Moroccan funk group Ribab Fusion performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage with Pakistan folk quartet Khumariyaan. Read more in our Fall Arts Guide. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
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