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After an extended holiday weekend spent among loved ones and half-remembered childhood acquaintances, what better way to exercise your post-Thanksgiving aggression and subsequent emotional regression than with the most gleefully regressive genre of them all: pop punk. Portland’s Mean Jeans and Kepi Ghoulie of Sacramento’s Groovie Ghoulies have teamed up for the Maul of America tour, wherein the former band plays a set of its own songs and backs Kepi for Groovie Ghoulies’ “classics.” This joining of forces should come as little surprise for power-chord aficionados; the members of Mean Jeans are meticulous students of the Lookout Records playbook, with its cartoonish imagery, tongue-in-cheek humor, and hard partying ‘tude. In their mid-’90s heyday, the Groovie Ghoulies’ goofy Halloween-obsessed shtick helped shape the Lookout template—whereas the Misfits found macabre inspiration in 1950s creature features, the Ghoulies’ upbeat Ramones-esque pop more closely resembled the (haunted) house band from a Scooby-Doo mystery. Together, they represent a time-honored pairing nearly as satisfying as familial sniping and cranberry sauce. Mean Jeans performs with Kepi Ghoulie and Passing Phases at 9 p.m. at Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. (202) 364-0404. cometpingpong.com.