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The New Brunswick, N.J., power-punk trio Screaming Females has played D.C. at least half a dozen times in the past few years, and it’s still almost impossible to imagine the band putting on a bad show. The group’s live performances have a gale-force intensity—rare on the indie circuit today— that radiates from frontwoman Marissa Paternoster’s fabled guitar riffage. Remember that all-star, all-dude shred-off that closed the Grammys this year with Paul McCartney noodling alongside Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Walsh? The only reason they didn’t invite Paternoster is that she would have made them all look bad. (And old.) The Screamales are touring in support of their new, Steve Albini-produced album Ugly, which is finally attracting the media attention that the band has deserved for years. Catch them tonight while you can still say you saw them knock the wind out of a small room. Those days are surely numbered. Screaming Females performs with The Gift and Laura Stevenson and The Cans at 8 p.m. at Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. blackcatdc.com. (202) 667-7960.