Don’t Miss: The Aquabats @ Fillmore Silver Spring, 7/21/17

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The Aquabats (Photo courtesy The Fillmore Silver Spring)

From 2012-14, superhero comedy rock band The Aquabats were busy fighting evil on television with the Aquabats! Super Show! Once they wrapped the show, they took the time to enjoy a 20th anniversary tour in 2014. Now, MC Bat Commander and crew return with a new single “Dr. Space Mummy,” coming soon via Fearless Records, and a tour that lands at The Fillmore Silver Spring this Friday, July 21.

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Don’t Miss: Steel Panther @ The National (Richmond, Va.), 4/17/17

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Steel Panther (Photo courtesy AXS)

Steel Panther launch a tour today in their hometown of Los Angeles, leading up to the release of their fourth studio album, Lower the Bar, on March 24 via Steel Panther Inc. The humorous glam metal quartet will play somewhat locally at The National in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday, April 17.

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Around Town: KURIOS, Cabinet des Curiosities, by Cirque du Soleil @ Tyson’s Corner (Thru 9/18)

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The KURIOS band, shot in 2014 in Quebec. (Photo: Martin Girard / shootstudio.ca Costumes: Philippe Guillotel © 2014 Cirque du Soleil)

A Seeker, a scientist who invents a machine to travel dimensions, encounters various magnificent creatures on a journey across space, introducing him to wonders that surprise him.

Those encounters unfold as magnificently choreographed scenes across 13 acts, which mix unparalleled acrobatics with cheeky comedy and leave you gaping at in wonder at the gymnastics possible by highly trained athletes in KURIOS, Cabinet des Curiosities, by Cirque du Soleil at Tyson’s Corner in McLean, Virginia, through Sept. 18.

Let me take a moment to impress upon you that this show will truly amaze. But let me first set a crucial element of the scene for you: the music.

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Stars and Bars: Grand Opening @ Buckeye + Bear, 6/21/16

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The Ballroom in Buckeye + Bear (Photo by Joy Asico)

A cool new rock and roll bar has opened up in an unlikely location, just south of Dupont Circle. In the spot that once housed the Huxley, you can now find the laidback Buckeye + Bear (1730 M St. NW, DC), a 280-person concert venue.

From the concert posters on the walls to the red and black decor, Buckeye + Bear gives off a good vibe. It’s almost like the place belongs in an ‘80s movie about an aspiring musician who alternates between solving his life problems at the bar and jumping up on stage to rock the night away.

You will be able to catch some bands at Buckeye + Bear, of course, including the ever-popular ‘90s cover band White Ford Bronco this Thursday, June 23 in an intimate show. (Tickets are available online! $15)  But Buckeye + Bear aims to provide a diverse range of entertainment, hosting comedy shows, trivia nights, and most importantly karaoke.

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Around Town: David Cross @ Warner Theatre — 2/19/16

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David Cross tells some jokes at the Englert Theatre in Iowa City, Iowa, on March 31, 2012. (Photo by wdecora)

Actor and comedian David Cross hails from Atlanta. And he returns home to see his family every year, particularly on Thanksgiving.

Inevitably, returning home yields some family quarrels, he confessed. And sometimes insignificant quarrels will escalate.

And it’s during those arguments that you sometimes learn something about family members that forever changes the way you see them, David told his late show audience at the Warner Theatre last Friday.

In an argument over not just the best way to plug in the Roku streaming player but rather the best way to look up how to plug in the Roku streaming player, for example, David learned something important about his mother.

“I found out she simply cannot take a punch,” he told the audience.

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