Shoegaze music is often dreamy, but it’s hardly ever gentle. Rather, it’s hardly ever as gentle as Wye Oak. On its debut album, If Children (recently re-released by Merge), the Baltimore-based duo brings soft hands and a delicate touch to fuzzy space-rock. Granted, between the two of them, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack don’t have a whole lot of limbs to go around. But they make ample use of what they’ve got, splitting up drums, keyboards, guitars, and vocals. Here, timid keyboard arpeggios often ascend to bold crescendos of distortion while the couple whisper tiny melancholic lyrics about suburban living. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little tenderness. If My Bloody Valentine was the industrial-strength shoegaze kitchen cleaner for your head, then Wye Oak is the fluffy loofah and basin of hot scented water waiting to help you relax at the end of the day. Wye Oak performs with These United States at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960.