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It’d be easy to lambaste Rye Coalition for their journey from cheeky emocore to equally cheeky cock rock. But on the band’s new album, Curses—influenced more by the ’80s hard-rock sound of Van Halen and AC/DC than by the British heavy metal of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden—their enthusiasm for arena rock’s cheekiness is convincingly sincere, and they’ve been at it longer than hipster metal bands like Early Man and the Sword. On previous releases (Jersey Girls, On Top), it was easy to spot the emo stains on Rye Coalition’s acid-washed jeans, but if it weren’t for Curses’ release date (earlier this month), label (Gern Blandsten), and goofy-ass titles (“Between an I-ROC & A Hard Place”), its audience might not even know that recovering whiners were behind the music. Rye Coalition takes the stage with the Eagles of Death Metal at 9:30 at the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)