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If D.C.’s oldest churches were able to write songs about their shrinking congregations, dwindling repair budgets, and antebellum nostalgia, they would probably sound something like Nina Nastasia. When the singer-songwriter croons over the sound of plucked piano wires and the soft scraping of a violin bow on such records as Run to Ruin, it isn’t hard to envision her songs as autumnal lullabies for buildings in disrepair. Nastasia’s most recent effort, On Leaving, dusts off the windows and hammers a few boards back into place, trading up some of the dark atmospheres of her older work for more optimistic arrangements. The tighter sound just goes to show that when you patch up the holes and seal the breeze out, things might look a little less dramatic—but the rooms become a lot more comfortable. Nina Nastasia performs with Tom Brosseau at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $8. (202) 483-5000. (Aaron Leitko)