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Excepter piles the hyphenates on pretty thick. Electro-, improv-, and psych- are all necessary to classify the 11 “dance” tracks on its latest LP, Alternation. “RadioShack keyboard demo” might paint a clearer picture for the uninitiated—but that shouldn’t be taken as an insult. The spindly drum-machine rhythms and forlorn man-boy vocal groans that comprise tracks such as “Ice Cream Van” and “Whirl Wind” come together to create a decidedly nonrock sound that will demand hip new genre titles such as “Acid Filth”—which, obviously, will look extremely awesome on record-store shelf cards. Yet when the umpteenth minute of their epic album closer “Back Me Up (Show)” hits, and the sex moans start, the unavoidable question rears its head: “Are these guys bullshit?” Probably. Or at least some of the time. But is that so wrong? Find out when they perform with Lichens, Pit Er Pat, and the Amoeba Men at 8:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Next Door, 1017 7th St. NW. $8. (202) 783-3933. (Aaron Leitko)