Paint Branch at MLK Library Monday, July 21

When I found out that the Fort Reno concert series would continue after a brief threat of cancellation, I was relieved. It’s funny, though, that the concert series evokes nostalgia in me for something I never saw: Q and Not U’s searing 2005 farewell concert. And no matter how hard I wish, the band just won’t get back together. Fortunately, their spirit kinda lives on in Paint Branch, the band led by Q and Not U alums Chris Richards and John Davis. And it’s no mere consolation prize—though its jams are slower and more contemplative, the band doesn’t exactly play dad rock. Richards’ anxious voice remains, and the duo still knows how to write a hook. Songs like “Cherry Blossom” are in the acoustic/indie vein, yet there’s an urgency to the vocal delivery that’s totally punk rock. And while Paint Branch won’t play Fort Reno this year, you can still see them play for free at MLK Library at a show sponsored by the Capital Fringe Festival. (It just might involve skipping a few hours of work.) Relive your nostalgia without spending all your cash on throwback attire. Paint Branch performs at 3 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. (202) 727-0321.

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