DOCTOR NIGHTLIFE is overdosing on Titian red, Black Bush and King Yellowman (Saturday at Kilimanjaro: $16, 202/328-3839). C'mon, put a little color in your chic! For instance:
OH YOU KIDD -- After a year's trial in the Power City, rude sideburns rockabilly band Kidd Pharoah is moving back to Denver. Make the farewell scene at the Tavern at AU, in the American University Student Center ($2 AU students, $5 outsiders; 202/885-6400). Also appearing, the riotous roadhouse Thangs.
MALLET DICTUM -- Rock 'n' rouler cult faves Terrance Simien and the Mallet Playboys have nearly been famous for five or six years: cutting a pair of "Graceland" tracks and getting cut out; playing the Tipitina's band in "The Big Easy" that everybody remembers as having been the Neville Brothers; and performing at the Lone Star Cafe in front of the Live Aid stars, but off-camera. Now they've released an album of a particularly dark roux, a zydeco that's heavy on soul and R&B; Simien's vocals sometimes even recall Levon Helm (at Baltimore's 8 x 10: $8, 301/625-2001).
EIGHT LIVES LEFT -- Fraidy Cat has been unavoidably sidetracked from its publicized gig at the Bayou -- drummer Todd Wright had an emergency appendectomy last week. For you speed freaks, though, Crystal Myth remains on the bill, along with the debut appearance of Kid Logic, featuring guitar tutor Danny Leonard ($5; 202/333-2897).
GO FOR BAROQUE -- Baltimore's exquisite baroque rockers OHO, once a finalist in Musician magazine's "best unsigned band" contest, has finally released its eponymous debut album, a romantic, lushly harmonic collection that, for all its synthesizers and electric guitars and even brass has to be called post-acoustic. And like Grace Poole, it has a wary, acid-folk edginess and often unpredictable lyrics (at the Bayou: $5, 202/333-2897).
LOSS LIEDER -- If the phrase "performance art" evokes visions of rude personal interactions with, say, Jell-O, check out John Kelly, performing a new musical work inspired by Robert Schumann's 16-song cycle "Dichterliebe" ("Love of a Poet"). Artists must suffer, they say; and Kelly is a dramatic, melancholy, bittersweet countertenor. He appears, with pianist Fernando Torm-Toha, Saturday at 8 and Sunday at 4 at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE ($10; 202/269-1200).
GO WITH THE DYNAFLOWS -- Swing dance at Glen Echo goes solid body, with a special appearance by Big Joe (Maher) & the Dynaflows with Tom Principato; workshop at 8, dance at 9 ($7; 301/779-0234).
GARAGE ASYLUM -- Soul Asylum is a high-amp but increasingly hooky band thrashing about in the country/punk/power garage Mould that made Minneapolis famous (at the 9:30: $12, 202/393-0930). Opening is Drivin' & Cryin', which seemed to get less focused on the neo-guitar jangle thang as time went on. The Buck stops here.
ON THE LOCAL LEVEL -- The UDC Jazz Ensemble, the UDC Small Jazz Ensemble and other combos are showcased at 2 Sunday at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Admission is free, but tickets are required (202/416-8090 or 202/282-2120 for reservations).
IRISHERS FIRST . . . -- Ireland's Wolfe Tones may be getting just a touch long in the tooth, but then, age makes Irish whisky smoother (7 and 9:30 at Flanagan's: $15, 301/986-1007).
SHAKE AND BLAKE -- The Boston-based neo-poppy Blake Babies have a quirky coffeehouse attitude -- brogans and Tweeds catalogue and maybe a little too clever -- that makes them rather a guilty pleasure. They're opening for labelmates the Connells at GU's Gaston Hall ($18; 202/432-0200).
B.B. CLONES -- Bo got your blues jones working? Ex-Howling Wolf sideman B. B. Jones and Muddy Waters drummer Sam Lay sit in with Daryl Davis & co. at Manny's ($8; 301/881-7868).
. . . IRISHERS LAST -- The monthly Music Americana showcase at Ireland's Four Provinces features Seamus Kennedy, Liam Maguire, Side by Side, Wit's End and Frank Johnson in a World Folk Music Association benefit ($5; 202/244-0860).
A GOOD LINE IS HARD TO FIND -- So get in line for the finals of the Funniest Washingtonian contest at Garvin's flagship comedy club on Green Court NW between 13th and 14th off L Street ($10 and a two-drink minimum or dinner, 202/783-2442). The final round is hosted by Cellar Door perennial-made-good Rich Hall, who used to be the harshest thing to happen to cabbages since the Veg-O-Matic, and now has the same attitude toward yuppies.
FREE SPEECH? -- They can get it for you wholesale. Celebrate the survival of the First Amendment and the rites of free mensche with the not-so-kosher ham of rappers 2 Live Jews (Easy Irving, Moisha MC, etc.). Now they're the kind of longhairs any mother could love, at the Bayou ($10.50; 202/333-2897).
WHERE FREE ART THOU, ROMEOS? -- The 9:30 club turns free base for Cleveland's Lonesome Romeos, a mainstream rock 'n' roll that has that mix of grit and groove guaranteed to Weasel them onto the WHFS playlist (202/393-0930).
KEY PLAYER -- Jazz phenom Marcus Roberts, winner of the first international Thelonious Monk piano competition in 1987, performs amid the warm acoustics and surprising intimacy of the Barns at Wolf Trap ($14; 202/432-0200).