It’s hard to imaging a quiet J. Robbins. His skill with booming drums and thrashy guitars—both as an engineer and as a member of the post-hardcore band Jawbox—has pretty much defined his career. But tonight, he’s gonna turn it down a little. For the first time ever Robbins will perform unplugged, as part of the continuing Story/Stereo series at the Bethesda Writer’s Center. Accompanied by cellist Gordon Withers, he’ll sing some new interpretations of Jawbox songs, plus some other works plucked from his extensive back catalog.

Author Marianne Villanueva and poet Steve Fellner will also read from their works.

Story/Stereo: J. Robbins (solo), w/ Marianne Villanueva and Steve Fellner The Writers Center 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD 8 pm Free