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White Rabbits is a band that knows how to make a good first impression. The New York-based sextet’s debut album, Fort Nightly, was so critically lauded upon its release that—less than a year after it hit record-store shelves—the band had signed a deal with TBD Records (which, in January, released the CD version of Radiohead’s In Rainbows). On stage, White Rabbits is no less likely to get its claws into you early on: From the two-drummer setup to the instrument swapping to the energetic stage presence, the band buzzes with an excitement that more than meets the buzz surrounding it. And the band’s self-described “honky-tonk calypso” music is undeniably an attention-getter; songs such as “Kid on My Shoulders” waste no time getting to the playful vocal and guitar hooks but are so well-arranged that they never cease to hold your fascination. White Rabbit performs with Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson and Greenland at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960.