Ray Kurzweil will make you feel inferior Thursday night. ((Wikipedia Commons))

Wild Flag (Black Cat)

Why you should go: Because with a band featuring former Sleater-Kinney members Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, plus underrated guitar superhero Mary Timony of Helium and Rebecca Cole of the Minders, this supergroup can’t possibly disappoint.

Why you shouldn’t: Maybe we’ve set the bar so absurdly high that anything less than an evening of life-changing rock catharsis will feel like a letdown?

OMD (9:30 Club)

Why you should go: Because you’re just not going to hear a better song than “Enola Gay” anywhere else.

Why you shouldn’t: Because 1980 was a long, long time ago.

Tyondai Braxton and Wordless Orchestra (Library of Congress)


Why you should go: It’s a free concert at the Library of Congress featuring one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade.

Why you shouldn’t go: You definitely won’t be able to sing along to anything.

Ray Kurzweil (6th and I Historic Synagogue)

Why you should go: Because this dude is one of the smartest humans on the planet and he created some of the most insane synthesizers ever basically as a lark.

Why you shouldn’t go: You’ll feel like such an idiot-failure after listening to him speak about technology, “the singularity” and life extension, you won’t even want to live to be 190 years old.