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Everybody knows what Washington bands sound like: shouted vocals, coiling guitars, dubby rhythm section. Well, never mind where people got that idea. The lineup for this seven-act benefit for Alkem (an artists’ Internet resource) is so diverse that its headliner has at least two styles: Lida Husik has played both made-in-D.C. garage rock and synthesized-in-Britain folktronica. Next billed is Sarah Azzara, whose music is folk-rock with lots of the latter and not that distant from Husik’s nontechno work. But then things get way more free-form: The music of DCIC (D.C. Improvisers Collective) is pulled one way by jazz sax and another by avant-rock guitar, and Kohoutek plays spacy improvisations that feature rambling drums and unruly electronics. Also performing are Shame Girl, the Antiques, and Pup Tent, who might sound just like one of the above but probably don’t. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. at the Warehouse Next Door, 1017 7th St. NW. $5. (202) 783-3933. (Mark Jenkins)