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Wednesday

Imagine a black-and-white remake of The Wedding Singer, low-angle and bathed in shadows. Its soundtrack would undoubtedly sound something like the music of Kiss Me Deadly, a Montreal-based band that makes dancey postpunk and lubes the joints with noir atmospherics. In the tradition of Big Black and Metallica, Kiss Me Deadly’s name describes its sound—and it’s sexy as hell. The band members are a good-looking bunch that makes good-sounding music, underpinned by a stiff groove that’s tailor-made for that sway dance that indie kids do with their arms crossed. What Kiss Me Deadly’s songs lack in hooks, though, they make up for with creative arrangements overstuffed with tasteful electronics and U2-sized guitar jabs. Singer Emily Elizabeth’s voice is the make-or-break ingredient, ranging from a breathy croon to a shriek—it’s comforting and off-putting at the same time. Kiss Me Deadly performs with Sarah Azzara and the Fake Accents at 9:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $8. (202) 483-5000. (Doug Tye)