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No wonder they’re called Ought. The Montreal art-punk band cohered during the city’s 2012 student strikes, and its stirring debut album, More Than Any Other Day, meditates on one broad theme: There are things—our lives, our laws, our societies—that are profoundly wrong, and they ought not be. Lots of critics have compared the group to Talking Heads, and it’s true that some songs share the combustible tension of Talking Heads: 77 and More Songs About Buildings and Food. (It’s also true that frontman Tim Beeler has the wiry, anxious voice of a young David Byrne.) But Ought has just as much to do with modern DIY standard-bearers like Titus Andronicus, another band that plays with punk idioms and places a heavy emphasis on its particular community of artists, and aural abusers like Sonic Youth, with which Ought shares a love of both chaos and catharsis, although not a sense of irony. The band’s earnestness, luckily, comes with some gratifying wonder: “I retain the right,” Beeler sings at one point, “to be absolutely mystified.” Ought performs with House Lords and Cigarette at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com.