the Easter Bunny of the depression yearsTonight: British folk-rock stalwart Robyn Hitchcock, of Soft Boys “fame,” will be singing weird lyrics, lecturing his audience, and generally being awesome all over the Black Cat tonight. $20 tickets are still available here. 8PM. [Black Cat]

  • Friday, April 10: “Trendy” Gallery Restaurant and Lounge in Silver Spring is hosting DNB Directory 2009, a round robin of 10 drum and bass DJs from the area. This is an offshoot of Loda, the Gallery’s weekly electronic music night which is “redefining definitions” of, uh, electronic music. 9PM; $5 before 10PM, $10 after. [WaPo]
  • Friday, April 10: DJs Lovefinger and Lee Douglas will be playing disgustingly funky disco-type music at Comet Ping Pong. Beautiful Swimmers, local purveryors of the same type of “nu disco” as the headliners, are opening. Come prepared to dance with reckless abandon. 9:30PM, free. [Comet Ping Pong]
  • Saturday, April 11: Beirut will be playing its (admittedly catchy) Bavarian carnival music at the Sixth & I Synagogue. It’s sold out, but you can still find tickets on Craigslist for around $40. 8PM. [Sixth & I Synagogue]
  • Monday, April 13: What do reggae music, historical quilts, and naked mole rats have in common? Nothing, really, but nevertheless they will all be hanging around the National Zoo on Monday. The steel drums and reggae will join the historical quilt (in honor of Rosa Parks!), animal meet-and-greets, and childlike activities like double dutch jump rope in a miscellaneous celebration of, somehow, Easter. 10AM to 4PM, free. [National Zoo]
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  1. Ah, yes, Robyn:

    I saw Nick Drake
    At the corner of time and motion
    I caught his eye
    And he caught mine
    I said “You’re tall.”
    He said “No taller than tomorrow’s ocean.”
    I saw Nick Drake
    And he was fine

    I saw Nick Drake
    As we were carrying the ice together
    I saw his face
    Beneath the glass
    The net was gone
    And all the strawberries of English weather
    I saw him pass
    Right through this place

    I saw Nick Drake
    The habits of a lifetime
    Will lay you low
    Into your grave
    And when you’re gone
    You take the whole world with you
    I saw Nick Drake
    I saw him wave

    And we’re in bloom

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