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Another night at the local indie-rock club, another disaffected 20-something wailing out his childhood-abandonment issues. Yawn. Break the angry/depressed monotony with the D.C.-based Ambitions. The band’s music is as fun and retro as lead singer Caz Gardiner’s mod shift dresses. Keeping with the group’s tried-and-true ’60s style, Gardiner sings about such simple things as the quest for the perfect dance hall and the perfect cutie: “You’re the boy I pine for/You’re the dream that every girl wants to dream/You’re like a star I wish for/I wish for you, you know just what I mean.” The lyrics aren’t going to win any Billboards, but they’re merely an accompaniment to catchy pop music guaranteed to get your hips swinging, even in the post-holiday lull. So lighten up and check your daddy problems at the door when the Ambitions play with the Five Maseratis at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Rachel Beckman)