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Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Dee Dee Penny has some seriously seductive music chops. Her voice’s deep range and velvety tone add just the right amount of depth to her New York–based band’s straightforward take on shimmering synth-pop. Formed in 2008, Dum Dum Girls—a nod to the Vaselines’ album Dum Dum and the Iggy Pop song “Dum Dum Boys”—began as the breezy lo-fi bedroom project of Penny, who released a self-titled EP before being signed to Sub Pop in 2009. Since leaving the bedroom for the studio, Penny and her rotating cast of bandmates have shied away from fuzzed-out ballads in favor of polished melodies and harmony-centric hooks that are as clever as they are catchy. In press materials, Penny says that the band’s latest effort, January’s Too True, was influenced by Patti Smith and the Stone Roses, but the album’s sound is wholly original, with rock ’n’ roll guitar riffs paired with ’80s-era keys that trade the band’s signature fuzz for weightless chords. But while Dum Dum Girls have cleared away some of the haze over the years, Penny’s sultry live delivery will still leave you in a trance. Dum Dum Girls perform with Cherry Glazerr, Pangea, Ex Cops, Mozes & the Firstborn, and AJ Davila at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $20. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com.