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groovy: John Davis and Title Tracks are featured in Strathmore's British Invasion tribute.
groovy: John Davis and Title Tracks are featured in Strathmore's British Invasion tribute. (Kyle Gustafson For The Washington Post)

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tribute to the British Invasion

If there's one concert the 20-somethings and their parents can agree on this week, it's the two-night Tribute to the British Invasion at Strathmore. The younger crowd can look forward to some of the area's hottest indie rock bands paying homage to the hits of the '60s, including Title Tracks covering the Who and Casper Bangs performing as the Kinks. Their parents can explain the origins of the term "Merseybeat" after listening to Eric Brace and Last Train Home strum the songs of Gerry and the Pacemakers. (Other musical guests, who may be taking on anyone from the Moody Blues to the Beatles, include Patty Reese, Tommy Lepson, Billy Coulter and the Hall Monitors.) And starting at 5:30 p.m., hit the tiki bar on the outdoor patio.

Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5200. http://www.http://http://strathmore.http://http://org. $19-$22.

Memoryhouse and Twin Sister

Dreamy music is hip in a major way these days. There are plenty of bands making chill waves with mellow jams, but part of the appeal is that there's an entire package that goes with the tunes. Specifically, the band names -- Washed Out, Beach House, Wild Nothing, Teen Daze, which all evoke a relaxing, somewhat retro vision of simpler, more sedate times. They say nothing, but there's nothing really to say. Add Memoryhouse and Twin Sister to that list. Both bands keep things plenty fluffy and floaty, and there's no agenda except to shimmer, occasionally shake and keep things pulsing along ever so gently. If only Iota could be filled with rocking chairs for an evening.

Friday at 9 p.m. Iota, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340. $10.

Zo! Album Release Party

The liner notes of Zo!'s album "Sunstorm" feature a sepia-toned photograph of an afro'ed infant gleefully clutching old soul records. Fast-forward a few years and the tot is a school kid practicing his piano lessons with adult focus, the afro still connecting him to the stars on the covers of those beloved records. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Zo! has birthed a strain of modern R&B with hip-hop in its DNA, but he never lets you forget that his musical architecture builds on a structure erected by old masters. On "Sunstorm," everything from a Midwest-style stepper anthem, quiet-storm ballads and a soaring jazz-fusion flight bear the imprint of a student well schooled in both modern beats and the work of Quincy Jones and the Mizell Brothers. The album features contributions from a who's who of modern soul, including Jesse Boykins III, Eric Roberson and Darien Brockington.

Sunday at 8 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. $21.

Drift Mondays

Just in time for the end of the summer, there's another rooftop pool party for your lounging pleasure. Drift Mondays takes place atop the ever-popular (and always-exclusive) Donovan House hotel on Thomas Circle, but the early-in-the-week timing means that it's less likely to be overrun with revelers than the Thursday and Friday soirees. That's not to say that Drift is any less cool: The classic hip-hop and R&B tunes are spun by DJ Doc Rok (of the Rock & Roll Hotel's Beat Market party), and there are $5 drink specials all night, enjoyed by a well-dressed crowd. Admission is free, though an RSVP on Facebook is recommended (search for Drift Mondays).

Monday, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Donovan House, 1155 14th St. NW. 202-737-1200. Free.

-- Rhome Anderson, Fritz Hahn and David Malitz

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