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Six Organs of Admittance, singer-songwriter Ben Chasny’s main music venture, has been busy releasing a record (or two) almost every year since 1998. That’s in addition to all his other projects: Chasny’s also played in the now-inactive Comets on Fire, is half of the folky duo 200 Years, and is one-third of Rangda with Chris Corsano and Sir Richard Bishop. And that’s not the whole list. On his records, he’s touched on folk, noise, psychedelia, and beyond, with his feet planted firmly in the underground. Now, Six Organs of Admittance’s new record, Ascent, returns to headbanging rock ’n’ roll; its extra kick comes courtesy of a fresh collaboration with his Comets on Fire cohorts. Six Organs of Admittance performs with Blues Control and East Ghost at 8 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com Read more >>> Read our interview with Chasny here >>> (Reese Higgins)


A new pho and banh mi shop called Sprig & Sprout opened today at 11 a.m. in Glover Park. The “Viet-American” menu includes vermicelli, pho, and rice bowls (all $9.50). There’s also a $4.50 banh mi with a choice of pork belly, lemongrass beef or chicken, or tofu—-all served with seafood air chips. The menu also includes vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. If you stop by today, keep in mind that the restaurant’s credit-card machine is not up and running, so it’s cash-only for now. Sprig & Sprout, 2317 Wisconsin Ave. NW. (202) 333-2569. sprig-and-sprout.com. (Jessica Sidman)


A celebration of the German filmmaker Werner Schroeter continues at the Goethe Institut, if you like surreal, experimental things. Tonight’s selection: Willow Springs, the story of three women living in the California desert. 6:30 p.m. at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th St. NW. $7.

Author Reyna Grande discusses her immigration memoir, The Distance Between Us, tonight at Busboys & Poets. 6:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. Free.

Musical theater stars, including  Rebecca Luker and Tony nominee Ron Raines, flock to the Library of Congress to pay tribute to composer Victor Herbert. 8 p.m. at the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 1st St. SE. Free.

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