If D.C. is in the midst of a synthpop renaissance, Hyattsville’s Ploy sits at the forefront. The slick duo, formed only last year, has progressively sharpened its ability to sculpt a big, sad love song—the most powerful weapon in any synthpop band’s arsenal. But it’s a song from the band’s early days that best distills its knack for heartachey earworms: On “Fool,” released last fall, vocalist Gil Wojcik unleashes his falsetto to sing about an unhealthy attachment to an old flame. More recent tracks on the band’s new EP, Young For a Moment, represent fully formed interpretations of the formula. Read more >>> Ploy performs with Leverage Models and Pleasure Curses at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $8. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Reese Higgins)


Enjoy the warm weather while it lasts by drinking beer at D.C.’s newest beer garden. Dacha Beer Garden opened in Shaw yesterday. The all-outdoor operation is pretty simple: picnic tables and a bar with 12 taps serving primarily German and Belgian beers. (No food for now.) It’s open from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on weekdays and noon to midnight on weekends. Read more about the owners’ future plans for the space on Young & HungryDacha Beer Garden, 1600 7th St. NW. (202) 524-8790. facebook.com/DachaBeerGarden. (Jessica Sidman)


Tonight, Forum Theatre begins its run of Aditi Brennan Kapil‘s Agnes Under the Big Top, a comic adventure about six people whose lives intersect on the New York City subway. 8 p.m. at 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $20.

Sarah J. Ewing presents her new dance piece about the definition of home, Australia Home Land, at the Millennium Stage. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.

Winston Yellen’s alt-folk solo act Night Beds returns to the Black Cat Backstage tonight. Banjo and uke duo The Sweater Set open the show. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $12.

Local comedy producer LYGO DC kicks off a new stand-up series at Dupont Circle’s Bier Baron Tavern with sets by Sara Armour and Tony Woods. 8:30 p.m. at 1523 22nd St. NW. $15.

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