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Formed in spring 2007 at the University of Michigan, Farewell Republic will soon bid Ann Arbor goodbye. Once Sivan Jacobovitz (guitar), Brian Trahan (keyboard, vocals), Ryan Sloan (bass, keyboard, vocals), and Bobby Matson (drums) turn in their final papers, the quartet will take its tight, orchestral, indie-rock sound and acute sense of humor east in support of Bridges, Farewell Republic’s first album. “Philip Glass Is Playing at My House,” from the band’s 5-song EP (in tribute to LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk Is Playing at My House,” which it covers at shows) is a good indicator of the group’s sense of humor, as is its routine of opening shows with a cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” So forget the teachers and the books, Farewell Republic’s sophisticated silliness is an education all its own.
FAREWELL REPUBLIC PERFORMS WITH MARFA AND SINTA AT 8 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $8. (202) 667-4490.