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The Norwegian rock trio Ungdomskulen’s moniker translates to “Youth School,” and the logo is the band’s name written in cartoonish green slime—a combination that suggests a junior-high level of maturity. But it’s hard to describe the band easily: The angular opening guitar line of “Modern Drummer”—one of the standout tracks on the band’s 2007 EP, Cry Baby—is reminiscent of the soundtracks to 8-bit Nintendo games such as Mega Man; the vocals, meanwhile, alternate between garden variety sing-­shouting and a quivering falsetto. Once the band hits one of its Liars-esque distorted-bass-and-guitar-riff grooves, however, it becomes apparent that members Frode Flatland, Kristian Stockhaus, and Øyvind Solheim’s approach to rock is anything but juvenile. That’s not to say they won’t be bringing their teddy bears and Game Boys with them on their nearly three-month-long North American and European tour—but, as long as they don’t forget to bring the rock, who cares about first impressions? Ungdomskulen performs with the Prisoner’s Dilemma and the Demon Beat at 9:30 p.m. at the Red and the Black, 1212 H St. NE. $8. (202) 399-3201.