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Music enthusiasts of a certain stripe—those old enough to remember the halcyon days of ’90s indie rock—are always eager to hear the latest from legendary guitarist and producer J. Robbins, who cut his teeth in seminal D.C. bands like Jawbox and Government Issue. What cannot be taken for granted, however, is that Robbins, now in his third decade as a musician, still finds new ways to perfect his distinct brand of discordant post-punk. His current project, Office of Future Plans, is based in Baltimore, but is beginning to play the District with some regularity—including a slot at Fort Reno July 25. The band has only released a 7-inch record, but its live set hints toward a full-length begging to be recorded. Since Office of Future Plans funded its debut single in just four days through a Kickstarter campaign, the prospect of an entire album would surely inspire diehards to loosen their purse strings. (Matt Siblo) At 8:30 p.m. with Hammer No More the Fingers and Brice Randall Bickford at Black Cat Backstage. $10.
You can’t go wrong seeing radical-minded hip-hop group The Cornel West Theory tonight at Fort Reno—-although, then again, they’re playing at least two more times in the District in the next few weeks, so you’ve got a few chances. We profiled the group in this week’s dead-tree City Paper on the occasion of the release their new album, The Shape of Hip-Hop to Come, which is exactly as ambitious as it sounds. 7:15 p.m. With Sound Limit and Guilt at 7:30 at Fort Reno. Free.
Experimental types: Check out Janel + Anthony + Violet (cello, guitar, table with lots of plugs and knobs and things) and Wytold (more cello!) at Hillyer Art Space, which has a new, smartly curated monthly series called The Recorder. At 7 p.m. at Hillyer Art Space. $10 suggested donation.
Stalwart WCP intern Laura Bolt wrote about the Documents: Alternative Guide to the DC Underground, an interactive show featuring portraits of D.C. artists, when it opened, and it’s worth returning to tonight for a gallery talk by the creators, Yulia Graham and Ayodamola Okunseinde. Bonus! Features portraits of members of The Cornel West Theory. At 7 p.m. at Vivid Solutions Gallery. It’s also the gallery’s birthday, and the party starts after the talk, around 8.
There seems to be a glut of storytelling going on in The District these days. This event features on vet of SpeakeasyDC and the Prince of Petworth. At 8 p.m. at Blagden Brickroom. $10.
FUCK YES BASTILLE DAY
The Atlas has French guitar virtuoso Stephane Wrembel, who’ll be performing some Parisian standards. Naturally, this thing comes with wine, if you show up anytime after 6:30 p.m. The music starts at 8 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center. $40.