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The formal introduction of projected images on a bedsheet as a rock prop might have happened in the ’60s, but it hasn’t reached its nadir until now. At this point, it’s basically rock NoDoz—a way for bands to distract bored audiences from the fact that its members lack any onstage dynamics. The Boston-based Devil Music Ensemble avoids this crutch by actually bringing the bedsheet to grad school—scoring silent films by, setting their math rock, cool jazz, corny country, and morose ballads to creepy black-and-white flicks of the wide-eyed horror variety. Cymbal crashes marry a dead body’s splash into the ocean, a mummy’s sudden rise from the dead registers serious bass pounding, and (a lot of) yearning registers by a violin’s frantic sawing. Thankfully, the ensemble doesn’t merely Mickey Mouse what’s on screen but gives the films back their moodiness, vitality, and good humor. See the Devil Music Ensemble score John Robertson’s 1920 adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde when it performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. (Jason Cherkis)