This is John Darnielle’s chance to get away from himself. The mythology of the Mountain Goats frontman—former drug fiend, former abused stepson, and current acoustic-guitar throttler—has dominated his band’s material for much of the past decade, but on its current tour, those tales might take a backseat. At this performance, it’s just Darnielle and longtime bassist Peter Hughes. Expect songs about meth heads, ill-advised trips abroad, violent couples who should just break up already—and if we’re lucky, a few of those old, down-on-his-luck yarns. Before heading out, check out Reese Higginsrecent interview with Darnielle Read more>>>The Mountain Goats perform with The Baptist Generals at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. (202) 265-0930. (Will Sommer)


It’s time for another Industry Takeover Night at Graffiato. This time, chef Jamie Bissonnette of Boston’s Toro and Coppa will be in town along with Pabu chef Jonah Kim and Wit & Wisdom pastry chef Chris Ford from Baltimore. The guest toques will offer up complimentary snacks from the pizza bar from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Pabu beverage manager and Master Sake Sommelier Tiffany Soto will also serve up drinks. No reservations required. Graffiato, 707 6th St. NW. (202) 289-3600. (Jessica Sidman)


Scream your favorite punk anthems to adoring (and not so adoring) listeners at the Black Cat’s Punk Rock Karaoke show tonight. Proceeds benefit the D.C. Books to Prisons Project. 8 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $8.

Rising goth-pop starlet Charli XCX does her best Siouxsie Soux impression and shares her angsty anthems tonight at U Street Music Hall. 7 p.m. at U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $15.

Edgework Dance Theater, the local all-male contemporary dance troupe, performs a mixed repertory program featuring their signature works, as well as some new pieces. 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free.

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