Plucked straight from the days of front porch courtin’ and transistor radios, the Secret Sisters’ rootsy harmonies are unapologetically old school. The country/folk duo—real-life sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers—spin vivid tales of forced weddings and family feuds that are equal parts pride and passion. But while their music pays homage to a bygone era, the duo is supported by some of today’s biggest names: Their debut 45 was released by Jack White’s Third Man Records, followed by a self-titled, cover-heavy LP produced by country legend T Bone Burnett. Read more >>> The Secret Sisters perform at 7:30 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $20. (703) 549-7500. birchmere.com. (Carey Hodges)
Boston-based chef Michael Schlow made his debut on 14th Street last week, next to Trader Joe’s. His restaurant Tico is inspired by his travels to Spain, Mexico, and Latin America and serves a range of tacos, ceviches, and other small plates. And here’s something you don’t hear from chefs very often: “I am deliberately trying to not be authentic,” says Schlow. (There are edamame and fried chicken tacos, after all.) Meanwhile, the bar will stock more than 125 tequilas and mezcals and has collaborated with DC Brau to create a beer aged in a tequila barrel. Read more about Tico on Young & Hungry. Tico, 1926 14th St. NW. (202) 319-1400. ticodc.com. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Florida rock duo SALES plays Comet Ping Pong with Silver Spring dream-pop outfit Go Cozy. The Sea Life provides a DJ set. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Australian quartet the Jezabels performs at Rock & Roll Hotel with Vancouver’s Gold & Youth. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $15.
The annual AFI DOCS film festival kicks off tonight with a screening of Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey at the Newseum. Check back later today for our full coverage of the festival. 7:15 p.m. at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $25.
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