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Home, Like Noplace Is There, the second album from the Hotelier, drips with desperation. Over nine tracks, the Worcester, Mass., band formerly known as the Hotel Year touches on suicide, drug abuse, and depression; vocalist Christian Holden sounds like he’s close to sobbing more than once. Lyrically, Holden keeps his subjects vague; he could be directing his crackling roar toward a lover, a parent, or a political system. Read more >>> The Hotelier performs with Foxing and Prawn at 7:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10 (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Matt Ramos)


While Congress is away on a five-week summer recess, BLT Steak will offer a special “10 Till 10” menu. Today through September 8, stop by to try one of 10 different chef’s special plates for $10 until 10 p.m. throughout the week. Among the dishes: chilled garbanzo bean soup with mint, cucumber, and tomato; confit pork cheek with pickled blueberry relish; and crispy pig ears with chili, garlic, and lime. The deal is available at the bar only. BLT Steak, 1625 I St. NW. (202) 689-8999. e2hospitality.com/blt-steak (Jessica Sidman)


Folk guitarist Orrin Star, known for his appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, performs traditional Celtic and bluegrass tunes at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Venture south to Jiffy Lube Live for an all-night rock show featuring Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, and Dillinger Escape Plan. 7 p.m. at 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow, Va. $29.50–$99.50.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell discusses his latest book, It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership, with readers at the Lisner Auditorium. 7 p.m. at 730 21st St. NW. $35–$45.

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