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For the uninitiated, rabbit-masked frontman Justin Champlin might look like little more than a two-dollar Donnie Darko rehash with a guitar. But Gyllenhaal jokes aside, Chapman’s garage-punk project has garnered the kind of homegrown fandom that only comes with years of underground cassette releases, dozens of rotating bandmates, and a seriously strange live show. Among Nobunny’s supporters is none other than garage-rock royalty Jack White, who released a Nobunny live recording, Live at Third Man, on his label in May. And after his 2008 LP debut Love Visions, a glorified mess of lo-fi punk and bubblegum pop, it would appear there’s more to the bunny than buck teeth and a mask. (Mike Kuntz) With Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb at 9 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage.
Some may think of Rene Marie as unpatriotic for her bait and switch act at a Denver State of the City address in 2008. (The story went: Marie was asked to sing the national anthem, but delivered “Lift Every Voice and Sing” instead. It angered a lot of people. In a statement, Marie said, “I viewed the invitation to be a door opened to me to sing this version of the Star Spangled Banner; that others needed to hear it as much as I needed to sing it.”) But the awesomely coiffed jazz vocalist, who plays two sets tonight at Blues Alley, is quite patriotic, just not the Tea Party variety. Check out her recent album Voice of My Beautiful Country for proof. Marie performs at 8 and 10 p.m. $25.
Jersey rapper Joe Budden—-known in equal parts for his 2003 club hit “Pump It Up,” his work with Slaughterhouse, and his tumultuous relationships with models—-performs tonight alongside Panama, Chaz Money, Jr Junior, The Kid Gash, and Pip Nyce. 8 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $18 in advance, $25 at the door, $40 VIP.
A Boy Called Dad shows as part of the “From Britain with Love” series at West End Cinema. Brian Percival’s film stars Kyle Ward as Robbie, a troubled kid who becomes a dad at age 14, and quickly ascends into adulthood. 7:30 p.m.; $11.
Union negotiator Joe Burns discusses Reviving the Strike: How Working People Can Regain Power and Transform America. It should be an interesting scene at Busboys tonight—-the reading is co-sponsored by the D.C. chapter of Jobs With Justice, the Metro Washington Central Labor Council, and a handful of unions. 6:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, 14th & V. Free.
Liza Bakewell talks about her book Madre: Perilous Journeys With a Spanish Noun at Barnes & Noble downtown. In it, she asks why the word “madre” (“mother”) has so many meanings—-profane and non—- particularly in Mexico. 7 p.m., free.
Story League hosts another edition of its fun storytelling series. Tonight’s theme is “Powers That Be.” They say the stories will be about “bucking authority, winning fights, and getting justice.” Hell yeah! 7:30 p.m. at Black Fox Lounge. $10.
House U. at Velvet Lounge has a fairly clever name (any excuse to revisit “I’ll House You” is a good one), but I wonder if people who go will actually learn much about house. The Facebook invite promises a mix of Baltimore club, electro, and oddities. 10 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge. Free.