Like their Kiwi peers The Clean, The Bats are on what you might call Dunedin time. Or perhaps Robert Scott time, since he plays bass in the former pioneering indie-pop band and sings and strums in the latter. Both bands are associated with the New Zealand movement called the “Dunedin Sound,” and both have aged with grace but not complacency. The latest Bats record is 2011’s Free All the Monsters, a dreamy, lilting album that is really a more meditative evolution of the kind of smart, classicist fuzz pop that Scott and Co. has made since the early 1980s. Read more >>> The Bats perform with Dot Dash at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12–$14. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com. (Jonathan L. Fischer)
Join Washington City Paper for a barbecue throwdown tonight. The event will include grub from The Carolina Kitchen plus an open bar full of beer and bourbon and live music from Col. Josh & the Honkeytonk Heroes. The rooftop bash goes from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Palette at Arts District in Hyattsville. (There’s a free shuttle from the Prince George’s Plaza Metro station.) Tickets, $25, can be purchased on our website. The Palette at Arts District, 5501 45th Ave., Hyattsville. (Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
The D.C. Jazz Festival kicks off tonight with a series of performances around the city. To find out how best to enjoy Jazz Fest, check out Michael J. West’s preview from our Summer Entertainment Guide, and follow our coverage on Arts Desk all week.
Step Afrika premieres its newest work, Symphony in Step, a fusion of traditional dance and classical music, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Lang Theatre. 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20–$43.50.
Alt-metal supergroup Tomahawk has reunited—-and it plays in D.C. for the first time since 2003 tonight. 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $27.