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The intimate solitude of a college dorm room can breed pretty intense emotions, particularly if it’s home to an emerging musician. But Bellows, the current project of guitarist Oliver Kalb, which began as a solo dorm experiment, has managed to transcend the shallow emotions of youth. Part of that comes from the addition of fellow members Gabrielle Smith, Felix Walworth, and Henry Crawford, who fill out the group’s sound and bring maturity to its simple pop melodies. But it also comes from Kalb’s delicate lyrics, which capture the tenderness of the early days of a relationship without becoming repetitive or twee. “I want you to never leave this car, it’s my smallest part in the sacred heart,” he sings on “Sacred Heart.” It sounds just like falling in love. Bellows performs with Sitcom and Bless at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.