Arts Desk

ToDo ToDay: X, Jacco Gardner, and Tasty Stories

XLos Angeles, X’s brilliant 1980 debut record, may earn a knee-jerk shout-out in any punk history lesson, but it’s far from outdated. Just relisten to the runaway train of an opener that is “Your Phone’s Off The Hook, but You’re Not” or the rockabilly crunch of “Johnny Hit and Run Pauline” and you’ll find that these songs still pummel after so many years. Buoyed by vocal duo Exene Cervenka and John Doe, X always managed to sound mild-mannered and restrained even during its most furious moments, which helped make the group’s late-era transition into quieter, country-tinged material more natural. Read more >>> X performs with Note in the Face at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $35. (202) 467-4490. blackcatdc.com(Dean Essner)

EAT THIS

D.C. Beer Week continues! Tonight, head to RFD to try the best beers from 20 craft breweries across the country. Among those taking over the 45 tap lines: Maine's Allagash, Georgia's Terrapin, Michigan's Bells, California's Stone, and several local breweries. Pints are $5 each and proceeds from the $5 cover charge go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Check out more of our top picks for Beer Week events at Young & HungryRFD, 810 7th St. NW. (202) 289-2030. lovethebeer.com(Jessica Sidman)

OH AND ALSO

Melodic Dutch rocker Jacco Gardner performs at DC9 with psych-punk band Smoke Green. 9 p.m. at 1940 9th St. NW. $12.

Head to Busboys and Poets' 14th Street location for a night of stories centered around the theme of "tasty" at Story League's latest competition. The best story earns a $150 cash prize. 9 p.m. at 2021 14th St. NW. $12–$15.

In the mood for long, lyric-less guitar jams? Check out the California-based instrumental rock band Earthless at Rock & Roll Hotel. 8 p.m. at 1353 H St. NE. $14.

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