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Reggie White—the dearly departed defensive lineman/ordained minister—once infamously said to the Wisconsin state legislature, “If you go to Japan or any Asian country, they can turn a television into a watch. They’re very creative.” Though White was, in his own strange way, trying to be complimentary, the remarks only served to incense and confuse. And speaking of incense and confusion, there’s this new art-rock band from Japan called Green Milk From the Planet Orange, which at least proves White’s statement about Asian creativity to be true. The group may not be able to do something so useful as, say, turn a television into a watch, but the members do accomplish something even more improbable: They turn prog rock into something cool for the modern age. What’s more, they do it without compromising any of prog rock’s excesses—witness the sprawling, 38-minute “A Day in the Planet Orange” from their latest disc, City Calls Revolution. Green Milk From the Planet Orange plays with Ostinato, the Plums, and Vincent Black Shadow 9:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $8. (202) 483-5000. (DD)