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Remember 2003, when emo was cool and MySpace was a thing? It was also the year that the pillowy, black plastic glasses-clad frontman of Death Cab For Cutie, Ben Gibbard, put out an emotionally charged, terrifically catchy electro-pop album with producer Jimmy Tamborello under the moniker The Postal Service. Ten years later, nostalgia has set in, and the short-lived duo is embarking on an anniversary tour. It’s easy to guess what songs you’ll hear, since they only released 10 of them. But Gibbard and Tamborello are touring with a full band and former Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis, so there may be some surprises along the way. Read more >>> The Postal Service performs with Ra Ra Riot at 6 p.m. at Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. $35–$45. (410) 715-5550. merriweathermusic.com. (Matt Cohen)
Jose Andrés unveiled an expanded bar and dining area at Oyamel this week, adding 42 seats. Enjoy the new space at the Tequila & Mezcal Festival tastings, held every Monday and Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. through the end of the month. Taste Del Maguey mezcal today—and splurge on an intimate pairing dinner to follow. Call the restaurant to get a $10 tasting pass, and reserve a $90 dinner at 8 p.m. Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, 401 7th St. NW. (202) 628-1005. oyamel.com. (Cara Newlon)
OH AND ALSO
As part of the Theater of the Voiceless festival, which celebrates documentary theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Jenny Lord directs a staged reading of Austrian playwright Kathrin Röggla’s Worst Case. 7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Free. (202) 289-1200. zeitgeistdc.org.
Funky duo AM & Shawn Lee performs at U Street Music Hall with The Stepkids and Dungeonesse. 7 p.m. at 1115 U St. NW. $20.
Malian musicians Amadou and Mariam bring their brand of traditional West African music to the 9:30 Club tonight. North African guitarist Bombino also performs. 7 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $40.
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