Start off your Thursday with a great local Happy Hour show at Bender's from 5-8pm, presented by SomaFM. With the high-energy performances of Scissors for Lefty, Picture Atlantic and Man/Miracle, you'll be pumped for whatever show comes next for you.
The Swedish American will host indie princess Thao Nguyen (DC) alongside David Dondero, Sean Smith and Colossal Yes. 7:30pm, $14. "Swimming Pools" (track 4 on We Brave Beestings and All) is a perfect preview of Thao's banjo-sprinkled energy:
Thao With the Get Down Stay Down - "Swimming Pools"
If you're looking for a slightly different pace, head over to Slim's for the electrified folk of Martha Wainwright (NY). She plays alongside AA Bondy (AL), Ryan Auffenberg and Karina Denike. 8pm, $12.
Mike Relm - "Bodyrock (feat. Morningwood and The Gift of Gab)"