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Dischord Records has been dormant for much of the past year, but the label is rousing itself; first with recent releases by Channels and new D.C. act Soccer Team, and soon with the upcoming self-titled debut by the Aquarium. The band makes overdriven psychedelic pop with a minimalist setup: Singer (and Washington City Paper employee) Jason Hutto plays the electric piano and keyboards, which are fed through distortion and delay, creating a hazy cloud that puffs up the band’s sound; drummer Laura Harris bashes her cymbals in a use-’em-or-lose-’em style, and every time she hits the snare, it lands like a punch in the gut. At its core, however, this energetic duo is all about the pop; despite their titles, songs such as “Can’t Afford to Live Here” and “White House” feature more vocal hooks and memorable melodies than they do social-political ramblings. The Aquarium performs with Beauty Pill and Soccer Team at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $9. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)