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Last month, a writer for Consequence of Sound argued that House of Spirits, the latest album from San Francisco’s Fresh & Onlys, was “the band’s descent into turmoil, its hero’s journey,” but one that “no one asked them to embark on”—a tortured, dulled betrayal of the band’s earlier verve. That inspired Fresh & Onlys leader Tim Cohen to pen a 1,300-word essay on what fans expect from artists and what artists owe them. Cohen was right, of course; artists don’t owe us anything. But House of Spirits still presents a conundrum to fans. It represents both a linear progression for the band—from delirious garage rock and acid-touched psych pop to New Romantic moongazing and its crooning current incarnation—and a sharp detour, a distressed, occasionally maudlin record from a band whose members weathered big life changes following their last LP. Read more >>> The Fresh & Onlys perform with the Shilohs at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12-$14. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Jonathan L. Fischer)
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken debuts a new Old Bay doughnut chicken sandwich at its Metro Center shop and Virginia-based food truck today. A savory doughnut with Old Bay in the dough and dusted on top bookends the sandwich, which is stuffed with fried chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, and your choice of barbecue, blue cheese, ranch, sriracha buffalo, or honey mustard dressing. The $9 creation will be available every Monday through Friday at the store and Thursday through Saturday at the truck. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken, 1308 G St. NW. (202) 809-5565. astrodoughnuts.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Beck entertains the masses at Merriweather Post Pavilion along with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, featuring Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. 6 p.m. at 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $45–$75.
Indie trio Hospitality performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with Ex Hex and local favorites Soccer Team. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $13.
Power pop act Title Tracks plays at Fort Reno tonight with the Effects and Myrrh Myrrh. 7 p.m. at Nebraska Avenue and Chesapeake Street NW. Free.
Weather permitting, Washington City Paper begins its free movie series with a screening of Wayne’s World at the Heurich House garden. 7 p.m. at 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Free.
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