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Brooklyn’s White Magic cannot heal the sick. Core members Mira Billotte (formerly of D.C.’s Quixotic) and Doug Shaw cannot predict the future, make you a grown-up, or bring your favorite mannequin to life. In other words: White Magic can’t really do any of the things one would traditionally expect from innocent witchcraft. But White Magic is plenty capable of sorcery in the sonic realm. On the band’s full-length debut, Dat Rosa Mel Apibus, Billotte’s voice wafted through the songs like smoke from a burning braid of sweetgrass, and the band carried a spooky sensibility that was alluringly more Aleister Crowley than abracadabra. Yet, for all of the album’s intoxicating charms, sometimes it just seemed too stoned, with a bongload of nonjudicious tamboura-strumming clogging up the stereo field. Luckily, the recently released Dark Stars EP finds White Magic opening up the windows and clearing out a little bit of the smoke. Songs such as “Very Late” see the band traveling toward swampier and bluesier climes while the creaky and slanted “Poor Harold” finds Billotte distilling older ideas into their most enchanting essence. Though White Magic may not be able to help you talk to your dead relatives, they are—at the very least—a bewitching listen. White Magic performs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000.