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A snarkily inscrutable aesthetic and a penchant for rigid, electro-damaged post-punk funk marked Chicago’s Mahjongg as a band destined to rocket to the top of the indie world. Its 2005 release, Raydoncong, was a source of much blog buzz, lauded long before its release. Then, at the height of its notoriety, Mahjongg dropped off the musical map. With the January 2008 release of Kontpab on K Records, Mahjongg burst back onto the scene, picking up right where it left off. Kontpab finds Mahjongg employing the same quirkily excessive consonance in its song titles, using the same warped pre-school art on its album covers, and most important, making the same kind of phaser-laden mutant disco that had the cognoscenti talking about the band. One can only hope that Mahjongg doesn’t intend to make a habit of pulling a disappearing act. Mahjongg performs with Mystery Palace and OutputMessage at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Red and the Black, 1212 H St. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.