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Despite having never seen the Black Heart Procession, I feel confident in predicting that the San Diego/Portland, Ore. band’s Washington concert will be a great success. This speculation is not based on my knowledge of the group’s back catalog, which is glancing, nor on my viewing of several videos on the Web. No, I am predicting a good show by these doomy fellows because their aesthetic is so complete that deep fandom is entirely optional (though very likely as much fun as this show is bound to be). Take the video for “Witching Stone,” off Black Heart Procession’s new record, Six, to which the group’s publicist sent me a hyperlink. There’s not enough grainy footage of dirt and rough-hewn crosses for these guys, nor are there enough cinematic chord progressions that threaten to break into happiness but bend into appropriately minor-key dismay! Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel are as believable singing about poppy fields on that song as they are on the Barry Adamson-like “Suicide,” which I mention to make the point that I listened to the whole album. No one makes a record this thorough without being good live. The Black Heart Procession performs with Bellini and the Mumlers at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $13–15.(202) 667-4490. —Andrew Beaujon