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In a city where DIY punk rock commands significant musical authority, a band like The Raised by Wolves sounds refreshing and different. Its songs are dense, for one thing, with swells of complex instrumentation that add depth to hooks. On its first album, Sadie Hawkins, and its newest single, “Gorgeously Yours,” the band has the confidence to go in many directions at once without ever sacrificing a sense of fun. Contemporary pop music can sound needlessly complex at times, and the better songwriters know when to rein in their ideas. Ben Eskin and Dusty Durston, the band’s only members, have the right mix of ambition and patience so that the crowd can sing along with them live and appreciate the artistry later. Based on what we’ve heard so far, this may be one of those shows that tell you tell your friends about years later just so you can make them jealous. The Raised by Wolves performs with Lighting Fires at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.