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There’s no denying it—Shortstack is a rockabilly band. Oh, sure, they might prefer to be known as a countrified roots-rock outfit, but they’re rockabilly all the way. Don’t get me wrong—they don’t have DA haircuts or Fonzie leather jackets. But Adrian Carroll’s mournful voice is a perfect fit for the band’s high lonesome sound. And they’ve earned rockabilly cred by playing with the late, great Hasil Adkins and recording a cover of “Man in Love,” an old tune by Charlie Feathers, the champion of the genre. Shortstack’s Michael Pahn, who plays upright bass, even hails from the epicenter of rock—Memphis, Tenn. So don’t expect to see a group of guys who look as though they’ve walked off the stage of a summer-stock production of Grease—just band members who know the history of rock and play music from the bottom of their rotgut-soaked hearts. Shortstack plays with Revival and Gun at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $9. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)