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Perhaps it’s fitting that the biggest Dischord band of the Bush II era is a trio of vulnerable-looking peaceniks. Q and Not U won’t be outlasting Dubya, but it leaves behind three long-players that collectively express the frustration that can come with burgeoning political awareness. The Q isn’t about revolution; it’s about finding room for dissent. The music itself reflects the touchy nature of that pursuit: Sometimes graceful, sometimes harsh, and sometimes clumsy, the songs often seem to be searching for a dance club where idealism is sexier than fashion. Such things are not institutions, though; they’re fleeting situations, especially when the whole world is afraid. With 2004’s Power, the band began drifting past the outer reaches of punk aggression, apparently accepting its place as harDCore’s sweetest thing: three guys with chorus-geek tendencies, firm rhythms, and a ton of history to compete with. Q and Not U plays its penultimate D.C. show with Supersystem and DJs Ari, Jason, and Andrew at 8:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Joe Warminsky)