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Ian Svenonius is a man of many backing bands, but when his Chain & the Gang closed the season of free concerts at Fort Reno a few weeks back, the supporting players were notable for their youth: Rather than tap his usual pool of fellow D.C.-punk lifers for assistance, Spiv turned to the barely twentysomethings in Foul Swoops. A passing-the-torch moment from the D.C. pop underground’s master of institutional critique? Either way, with their skronky garage-pop gems and youthful spaciness, Foul Swoops offer hope for the current generation of D.C. rawk. MORE >>

Foul Swoops, Priests, and Fell Types perform at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. blackcatdc.com. (202) 667-4490.


The people who brought you Againn gastropub open a new downtown cafe today called Bean & Bite.The shop serves house-made baked goods, sandwiches, salads, and premium roast coffee. Also look out for desserts like carrot cake, almond bars, and blondie brownies. Catering is also available. Bean & Bite, 1152 15h St. NW. (Jessica Sidman)


If Foul Swoops aren’t loud enough, Providence, R.I., power duo Lightning Bolt certainly will be. They play with local prog-pop mainstays Hume tonight. Rock & Roll Hotel, 8 p.m., $10-$12.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery.

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