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It’s no surprise that Joanna Newsom, Devendra Banhart, and the rest of today’s folk and psychedelic acts get the fun freak-out sound right: After all, one doesn’t have to own too many Pentangle records to have a firm grasp on the retro instrumentation and mystical lyricism that have come to characterize nü-campfire. The true explorers of New Weird America, however, are the ones who dig a little deeper. From Delta spirituals to Chicago free jazz, from Appalachian ballads to Louisville noise, Wooden Wand Jehovah (pictured) and Clay Ruby have never met a musical style they weren’t ready to record. Jehovah is best known for his role as the frontman for Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice. In that lineup—one of several different Wooden Wand incarnations—Jehovah is joined by singer Heidi Diehl, whose gypsy-esque wail anchors hoodoo explorations. Ruby’s Davenport Family—the most visible of his innumerable Madison, Wis.–based projects—has a more literal wanderlust: Just one of the collective’s dozens of recordings resembles a traditional studio album; the rest are outdoor field recordings from performances, happenings, and other sound experiments. Jehovah and Ruby perform together as Zodiac Mountain, and with the accompaniment of who-knows-how-many artists from their respective extended musical families, the two have set out on a course across the heartland frontier. Zodiac Mountain performs with Religious Knives, Chris Grier, Insect Factory, and Rivers in Fields at 8:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Next Door, 1017 7th St. NW. $8. (202) 783-3933. (Kriston Capps)