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Head to a performance by the Woggles and you’ll feel like you’ve entered some sort of time warp. The Atlanta-based quartet formed in the late ’80s, but somehow the members are able to squeeze decades worth of rock ‘n’ roll influences into each of their songs. Much like their predecessors the Ventures, the Woggles make you feel like you’re shimmying on a California beach, beehive bouffant included. That isn’t to say that the Woggles are ripping anyone off. Over the span of 11 albums, the band has added its own inventive touch to the ’60s rock nostalgia. Its 2003 album Ragged But Right showcased just how well the Georgia natives can get down with different genres while keeping their early rock essence at the core. The Woggles’ creativity isn’t even limited to English: The band’s released several tracks entirely sung in Japanese, a throwback to the old surf-rock that made its way overseas. Even if the Black Cat doesn’t have a bonfire and waves crashing in the background, the Woggles can make you feel like you’re escaping D.C. for a tiny patch of paradise. The Woggles perform with Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness and the Stents at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.