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For more than a decade, Chicago independent label Thrill Jockey Records has made its name releasing music designed for chin-stroking. Even the more song-oriented Sea and Cake relay their wistful kraut-pop transmissions from a comfortable state of emotional remove. Perhaps then, the release of Extra Golden’s Ok-Oyot System is the label’s effort to get a little less uptight. Despite the fact that it was mostly recorded while band member Ian Eagleson was researching his doctoral thesis in ethnomusicology, Ok-Oyot’s six benga-inspired tunes never sound academic. And the combination of now-deceased Kenyan singer Otieno Jagwasi’s soulful crooning and Weird War guitarist Alex Minoff’s tasteful wailing is certainly worthy of more motion than it takes to fondle your beard. Extra Golden performs with Mosquitos at 9:30 p.m. at Iota Club & Café, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (Aaron Leitko)