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Calling Kaki King a guitarist does her a disservice. The post-rock composer and musician is a consummate performance artist who does things to her instrument most self-identified guitarists could never even imagine, much less replicate. In her latest project, “The Neck is a Bridge to the Body,” King sits onstage in total darkness, save for visuals projected onto the screen behind her and, with laser precision, onto her custom white Ovation Adamas guitar. Each song or movement King plays meshes perfectly with the projections—some look like particularly trippy iTunes visualizer themes; others are less abstract but equally mesmerizing, like hi-def videos of paint blobs blobbing about. There’s a narrative in there somewhere, but don’t try too hard to follow along. Just watch King’s deft, percussive picking and let the sounds of a true genius make you marvel at the capacity of six little strings in the right hands. Kaki King performs with Janel and Anthony at 8:30 p.m. at the Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $18–$53. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com.