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Cassette tapes are not particularly DJ-friendly. Tracks aren’t easily separated, and, well, tapes aren’t really the go-to medium these days. But Brian Shimkovitz, founder of the blog Awesome Tapes From Africa and a new record label, is undaunted. The ethnomusicologist-cum-DJ, who picked up many of his tapes while researching on a Fulbright grant in Ghana, traffics in recordings from across the continent. To say the music on his blog is hard to find would be an understatement: Most of the songs he posts, from the traditional to the hybridized, are plumbed from his own esoteric stash, found in small shops in New York (he lives in Manhattan, but did time in D.C.) and other cities, or sent in by his global network of readers. From sanzas (regional thumb pianos) to drum machines and Tanzanian hip-hop to Malian blues, the music on Shimkovitz’s blog is unpredictable—perhaps as unpredictable as seeing him DJ with cassette tapes tonight. Shimkovitz DJs with Beautiful Swimmers and DJ Harvey at 9 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. Free. (202) 588-1880. (Ryan Little)
’90s-indie pasticheurs Yuck put out a great debut LP this year, and they’re now asking their fans to buy it again as a “Special Edition” that includes a handful of B-sides. Worth it? Meh. But I’m glad it’s given them an excuse to do another tour. With Porcelain Rat at 8 p.m. Black Cat. $15.
WCP contributor Marcus Moore hopes RJD2 brings his abrasive side to the 9:30 Club tonight. 10 p.m. $20.
KRAUTROCK BARGAIN ALERT: Ally Schweitzer writes: “Longtime experimentalist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, now nearly an octogenarian, has not yet exhausted all his ideas. Last year, after another dissolution of his influential group Cluster, Roedelius and sound artist Onnen Block reformed as Qluster and announced plans to release a trilogy of albums, Rufen, Fragen, and Antworten(calling, asking, and answering). Fragen is quietly stunning, often approaching the melodic refinement of Cluster’s 1976 album Sowiesoso. The German artist—who’s collaborated with Brian Eno, Michael Rother (of Kraftwerk and Neu!), and former Cluster members Dieter Moebius and Conrad Schnitzler—has always kept great company, but he plays solo for this show at the Velvet Lounge.” With Xambuca, Kohoutek, and Blue Sausage Infant at 9 p.m. $10.
The history series DC Music Salon digs into the legendary, now-shuttered venue d.c. space. 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shaw Library.
ROCK MUSE ALERT: Patti Boyd, former wife of Eric Clapton and George Harrison, discusses her photograph at National Geographic. 7:30 p.m. $40.