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Plenty of groups have started as party-hearty types before decending into morose shoegazing, but maybe the married couple who comprise Raleigh, N.C.’s Rosebuds just took a while to catch their songwriting up to their lyrics. Even on barnburners like “Kicks in the Schoolyard,” from the group’s 2003 debut, lyrics about Smiths songs and lost friends bookend the “yeah yeah yeah”s. On Life Like, the Rosebuds’ new record, Ivan Howard sings about a vulpine lost cause on “Nice Fox” and spiritual confusion on “In the Backyard.” Gone are the one-finger organ drones and rental-house-damaging beats; in places the Rosebuds sound like ’80s gloomies the Church. Most touching is “Hello Darlin,” which incorporates a recording Howard’s grandfather sent home during World War II. “I’m wondering what y’all are doing tonight,” he says. “Writing me, I hope.”
THE ROSEBUDS PERFORM WITH THE ORANGES BAND AT 8 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490.