WASHINGTON, DC: Haim performs at the 9:30 Club. May 7, 2014. ? Brandon Wu / for the Washington City Paper.

Mike Petillo and Aaron Leitko of Protect-U recount how they managed to record a full-length album after all their gear was stolen. [D.C. Music Download]

The theme of NoMa’s outdoor summer film series? Unlikely friendships. [DCist]

An interview with the makers of a doc on Maryland Deathfest [BYT]

Friendships with Picasso and others inspired the surrealist works of Meret Oppenheim, on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. [Post]

Photos of HAIM at the 9:30 Club [Arts Desk]

A video-packed Q&A with Ian Svenonius, “author and auteur” [Post]