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Until 2004, the spacey quintet Canyon anchored the capital’s homegrown alt-country scene; Revival, the most recent reincarnation of that act, has pared down its predecessor’s membership to just three and stripped the group’s sound to bare bones. Putting away the more instrumentally ambitious Neil Young records, Revival singer/songwriter Josh Read has developed a sound that embodies alt-country today: slow-paced, melodic, and lyrically dense. Fans of The Band will recognize Read’s winding, pre-chorus waltzes, the hallmark of early ’70s Southern rock. Solo, Read promises fewer surprises and less swagger than the bands his work resembles, but he still has an honest knack for the build-and-release dynamic. Fans of countrified balladeers usually have to schlep to Clarendon’s Iota or Alexandria’s Birchmere to get their alt on, but tonight Read performs with Shortstack as part of Warehouse’s biweekly Spelling Bee at 7:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Arts Complex, 1017/1019 7th St. NW. Free. (202) 783-3933. (Kriston Capps)