A quick heads-up: Last January, I interviewed folk-rockers Scythian in advance of the band's performance at Harp and Fiddle; tonight, they play the Rex Theatre in the South Side. But what's a "scythian," anyway? Thought you'd never ask:
If you take the band's word for it, "scythian" means a "bunch of pre-Mesopotamian barbarians who did not use forks or phonics." While that might not jive with your Britannica or Herodotus, it does accurately convey the D.C. folk-rock band's fast-and-loose approach to musical genre and ethnic identity. Led by a pair of fiery fiddlers, Scythian draws from Celtic and Eastern European folk music, combining traditional tunes with more contemporary rock and world-music rhythms. (Read more.)
Tonight's show starts at 9 p.m., is all-ages and costs $12 at the door.