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“It makes a lot of sense to kill a cop/It makes a lot of sense to kill the president” local punk notable Chuck Bettis once sang while fronting Meta-Matics, his legendary high-school band. The flames of teen angst can burn for only so long—eventually even the die-hards are bound to mellow. After repatriating to New York, Bettis took a break from straightforward mic-rocking, choosing instead to concentrate his energies on headier projects such as the laptop-powered Trance and the Arcade. Last year, however, when fellow D.C. expats Measles Mumps Rubella asked him to once again take up the mic for a brief East Coast tour, Bettis got another chance. Now permanently installed as MMR frontman, his lyrics make it clear that the fury still lives: “I am the destroyer/My purpose in life is to destroy,” Bettis sings during “Mythstery of Zygo.” Measles Mumps Rubella takes the stage with French Toast and Free Blood at 9:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000. (Aaron Leitko)