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If there were a psychedelic version of the DSM-IV, the Black Angels would score a little closer to Charles Manson than Rod McKuen. The Austin, Texas, band’s brand of mental distress is not one of smiles and scarlet begonias but one of paranoia, confusion, and barely restrained fear. Low frequencies buzz, guitars drone, and—at times—the Black Angels seem like they’re only one electric jug player away from a 13th Floor Elevators–style meltdown. Songs such as “Black Grease” lurch forward like Peter Fonda on a crushing bender—propelled only by the lysergic power of brain-numbing riffs and throbbing drums. But Helter Skelter was a pretty good read, and the Black Angels are similarly entertaining as they conjure up sanity-shattering psychedelic rock. The Black Angels perform with Spindrift and Tone at 8:30 p.m. at the Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $14. (202) 388-7625.