There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
While its postpunk contemporaries are busy rehashing the cocaine-addled new wave of the ’80s, the Clientele culls its influences from a decade earlier: the heroin-addled folk-pop of the ’70s. Over the course of three LPs, the British trio has nearly perfected its own brand of quiet, autumnal psychedelic pop. The hazy atmospherics, sad-sack lyrics, and warm guitar tones create a charming mix of lovesick resignation and rainy-day malaise. The group’s latest album, last year’s Strange Geometry, was its strongest yet, finally bringing lead-singer Alasdair MacLean’s guitar work up to speed with his lyrics. The 12 songs may not have much in the way of grand-scale hooks, but they are subtly addictive. Unlike, say, heroin, however, this kind of dependency is socially acceptable. The Clientele performs with Great Lakes at 9 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (Peter Hepburn)