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When Q and Not U disbanded last year, it was only the latest breakup in a long lineage of high-profile, politically charged groups born of the District’s music scene. Q drummer John Davis’ latest alliance isn’t likely to incite any rebellion, but it does give our nation’s capital a rarely found melodic folk-pop voice, one that’s heard loud and clear over the cacophonous din of the anti-government rants D.C. bands are more traditionally known for. Georgie James combines Q’s postpunk, hand-clapping energy with Laura Burhenn’s jazzed-up, martini-sipping sound—a bit of downtown, a bit of old U Street. For live performances, the duo has picked up a drummer and bassist—allowing Davis to focus on guitar and Burhenn on electric piano, with both assuming vocal duties. Georgie James performs during a break in DJ Will Eastman’s set as part of the six-year anniversary bash for Bliss, the Black Cat’s monthly dance party featuring everything from Junior Boys to Stars, at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Kim Gooden)