Thao Nguyen

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:

[audio:] 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.

And if you’re looking for a way to dance away all that energy, head over to the Mezzanine for Kool Keith: Dr. Octagon vs. Dr. Dooom (NY), Mike Relm, Crown City Rockers and Kutmasta Kurt (LA).

[audio:] Mike Relm – “Bodyrock (feat. Morningwood and The Gift of Gab)”

Bottom of the Hill and Cafe Du Nord also have great lineups, with From Monument to Masses and Thee Oh Sees headlining, respectively. Check out the Noise Pop website for the full night of shows.