Every Tuesday, the Going Out Gurus highlight the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events at www.goingoutguide.com.
During its nearly 15-year career, the New Jersey band Thursday has seen the word “emo” mean many things. When the group started out in the late ’90s, emo meant bands that really loved Fugazi and screamed a lot. A few years later the word somehow meant bands that really loved eyeliner and shopping at Hot Topic. But Thursday never compromised its sound, staying aggressive and true to its hard-core roots and increasing its fan base with pulverizing performances. The band is going on an “indefinite hiatus” when its current tour ends, so this is one of your last chances to scream along.
Tuesday at 6 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $18.
Kurtis Blow released what would become the first gold record in hip-hop music. He was the first rapper signed to a major label. He showed love to D.C. by recording with Trouble Funk and exposing the group to a broader audience. “The Breaks” is still a foundational party jam. So if you love hip-hop and ever have a chance to meet him, thank him profusely. Actually, you can do that at Jin this week when he stops by to kick it with the Grits & Gravy crew and perform a few of his hits. Grits & Gravy’s classics-filled parties have been a consistent presence in D.C. for years, and the timing for this one is perfect, since the massive Kings of Hip-Hop old-school concert at Constitution Hall, also scheduled for Thursday, has been canceled.
Thursday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jin, 2017 14th St. NW. 202-332-2104. www.jindc.com. Free before 8 p.m., then $10.
There’s a certain joy to sharing music with friends. It’s not “Look what I discovered first!” so much as “I know you’ll love this, so check it out!” That’s the beauty behind Soul Parlour, a night of musical gifting hosted by DJ Jahsonic (of Marvin’s soulful Main Ingredient party) and Kennisha Ford. Anyone can sign up to DJ a 15-minute set from their iPod or iPhone, although the organizers urge would-be selectors to pick “the best, rarest and most interesting songs” from their collections, and they reserve the right to “Sandman” guests (a la “Showtime at the Apollo”) if the sets are not up to par. There’s no cover charge, and you’re guaranteed to hear something interesting.
Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. Blackbyrd Warehouse, 2005 14th St. NW. Free. E-mail email@example.com to sign up for a DJ slot.
When you wake up on New Year’s Day with a pounding head and a strong desire for greasy food, wondering where in the world you left your scarf/iPhone/purse/dignity, remember there’s someone who had a worse night: the bartender(s) who had to deal with hundreds of people shouting for glasses of champagne at 11:57 p.m., baying for the umpteenth round of shots or ordering “two vodka-sodas, one Red Bull and vodka, two Miller Lites, no, two Yuenglings and a Long Island iced tea.” And they had to work on New Year’s Eve. So Jan. 1 is a bar employees’ Dec. 31, and the Black Cat is inviting everyone over for “The Post Amateur-Hour Happy Hour,” billed as “an all-night happy hour for people who had to work last night.” If you’re a bartender, bar back or server, this is the time to have someone else pour you a drink. If you don’t work in the industry, go apologize for ordering those Long Island iced teas. And buy your bartender a shot.
Sunday at 8 p.m. The Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. www.blackcatdc.com. Free.
and Rhome Anderson