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THURSDAY

As its honored hue suggests, Alcian Blue finds itself these days in a mode that’s decidedly depeche. After drummer Clark Stacy left the group late last year, vocalist/guitarist Jake Reid and his wife, keyboardist Kim Reid, churned out a passel of drum-machine-driven tunes for their self-titled full-length, produced by ex–Velocity Guy Archie Moore and recently released on the Cleveland-based Elephant Stone. The synth squiggles, Jake Reid’s open-throated, kill-me-now drone, and the mechanized beats leave little in the way of any early shoegazing comparisons, recalling Gahan, Gore, & Co. on an even worse day. But at least Alcian Blue’s live-show volume is still relatively Bloody—which is for the best, given that the new lyrics tend toward a pat nihilism that strengthens recollections of Reagan-era black celebrations: “There isn’t a future/If you look in your mind/You get nothing but static/And a broken disguise.” Beg Alcian Blue to hire a drummer when it plays with the Situation at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (Anne Marson)