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If the music of Power Pill Fist strikes you as a cracked-out soundtrack to a vintage videogame like Berzerk or Yars’ Revenge, you’re not mistaken. Most of the sounds Ken Fec (of Black Moth Super Rainbow fame) uses for this side project are pulled from an actual Atari 2600. (Too bad developers aren’t making games for the Atari these days—Fec’s pounding, synth-heavy aural assault would be the perfect musical complement to, say, a maze game in which you avoid an army of mechanical baddies while collecting magic mushrooms.) This is no nostalgic trip through the videogame hall of fame, however: Fec’s ability to take such dated source material and create music that’s more interesting than most contemporary electronic compositions is a feat that ranks up there with the invention of Pong. At times a frantic mishmash of vintage noise, and others a minimalist wave of bleeps and bloops, Power Pill Fist is always engaging. Power Pill fist performs with the Red Falcons Project at 9:30 p.m. at the Red and the Black, 1212 H St. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.