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Thursday

Of all of Chris Paul Richards’ talents, his falsetto is probably the most durable. The former Q and Not U frontman may have as much political angst as any D.C. punk dude, but musically he’s become a bit of a softy, at least for now. Playing solo as Ris Paul Ric, he’s embracing all things both indie and suave: hushed, folky melodies (think Elliott Smith without the death wish); a few tropical rhythms (think Sam Prekop without the sedative vibe); and some occasional shoegazer textures. With Canadian ambient/experimental producer Tim Hecker providing tasteful sonic environments, the Ris Paul Ric debut Purple Blaze points Richards’ high-register singing in all the right directions. One minute he’s intimate like your conscience; another he’s detached and hovering in an eternal bedroom somewhere. Go white boy, go white boy, go. Richards appears with A Day in Black and White, Plain Lace, and Hand Fed Babies at 8 p.m. at the Warehouse Next Door, 1017 7th St. NW. $8. (202) 783-3933. (Joe Warminsky)