ToDo ToDay: Robyn + Röyksopp, Shabazz Palaces, and the Cowards Choir
Robyn is that rare pop star whose comeback actually eclipsed her debut. In 1997, the Swede who launched a million bleached-blonde asymmetrical haircuts got major radio play with Robyn Is Here, a feel-good collection of midtempo, R&B-tinged pop jams like “Do You Know (What It Takes),” a coquettish roller-rink classic. But after nearly a decade of European releases that flew under the stateside radar, she re-emerged with a more synthy, bass-forward sound on 2005’s Robyn and found that the iterative pop of her label, Jive Records, didn’t fit her groove any more. So Robyn started her own label, Konichiwa Records, giving her the freedom to make unapologetically dancey hits that still puncture the bounding membranes of pop. This year, Robyn dove further down the wormhole of electronic music, partnering with Norwegian duo Röyksopp on an adventurous EP, Do It Again. When all three Scandinavians hit the decks at Wolf Trap, expect equal parts glitter-strewn revelry and epic, nine-minute landscapes of smudgy saxophones and synths. Read more >>> Robyn performs with Röyksopp and Zhala at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna. $30–$55. (703) 255-1900. wolftrap.org. (Christina Cauterucci)
A homemade sausage sandwich and a beer for $10? Yes, such a thing exists at Meats & Foods, which opened last week. The shop from couple Scott McIntosh and Ana Marin features just six types of sausages, including roasted poblano, spicy chorizo, and lemon basil chicken (all $6). Chase it down with a DC Brau or Natty Boh. Read more about Meats & Foods on Young & Hungry. Meats & Foods, 247 Florida Ave. NW. (202) 505-1384. meatsandfoods.com.(Jessica Sidman)
OH AND ALSO
Former Titus Andronicus guitarist Liam Benson plays his new brand of folk music at Comet Ping Pong with pop punk trio the Max Levine Ensemble and New York punk group LVL UP. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12.
Head to the Black Cat for a night of experimental hip-hop featuring Seattle's Shabazz Palaces and L.A.'s clipping. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $17.
Local rock favorites Olivia Mancini & the Mates perform at Gypsy Sally's with emerging indie pop group the Cowards Choir. 8:30 p.m. at 3401 K St. NW. $14.
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