Arts Desk

Don’t Be Bored: Buy the Couch

Ty Segall is often compared to the late Jay Reatard, and he’s undoubtedly a standard bearer of San Francisco’s rich neo-garage scene, but that doesn’t mean he’s satisfied with those frames of reference. Back in April, Segall released an EP of T. Rex covers, a glam-rock course correction that also informs his new, intriguing full-length,Goodbye Bread. The record frequently feels like a pothead’s interpretation of a coked-out genre, but Segall takes the comedown vibe seriously, keeping tempos at a cool simmer and the fuzz guitar on blast. Can glam go slacker? Nod along to lyrics like this—“She said she wants to buy a couch/I said, ‘Why do we have to buy the couch?’”—and believe it. Ty Segall performs with Sun Wolf and Mikal Cronin at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong. $10.

MUSIC

Foster the People has two—two!—sold-out shows at 9:30 Club tonight, but how many ticket holders are there for anything but that one song? If you're going, I hope you're going late. Opener Cults make pretty solid lollipop jams, and they don't even have to rip off Peter Bjorn and John to do it. At 9:30 p.m. at 9:30 Club.

The Northern Virginia singer/songwriter scene looks like it'll be descending on Iota tonight for "The 9 Songwriter Series," the latest in Justin Trawick's series of shows featuring...do I really need to explain the concept? 8 p.m. at Iota in Arlington. $10.

BOOKS

Jerome Groopman, a New Yorker staff writer, and Pamela Hartzband, a Harvard endocrinologist, discuss Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You, their new primer for making medical decisions. 7 p.m. at Politics & Prose. Free.

ART

The Corcoran's big fall show, 30 Americans, is drawn from the collection of Miami art collectors Mera and Don Rubell, who will discuss how they do what they do tonight at 7 p.m. Event is sold out, but you can watch the livestream.

The artists of "Data/Fields"—highly recommended on Arts Desk!—are giving a talk at Artisphere. 12:30 p.m. Free.

Shiny-marquee Warhol shows at the National Gallery of Art and the Hirshhorn opened this weekend.

FILM

War and Love in Kabul may sound like a central Asian version of Atonement—lovers, separated by war and circumstance, attempt to reunite despite social mores—but in fact it's a documentary, screening tonight as part of Goethe-Institut's "Looking at the Other" series. 6:30 p.m. $4-$7.

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