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A lot of indie labels become irrelevant before they reach the 10-year mark, but Lovitt Records is closing its first decade with a measured kind of momentum. If anything, the Arlington label—which Brian Lowit founded during his college days in Greensboro, N.C., before moving north—probably benefited by never having a true heyday. Instead, it built its reputation on solid post-hardcore records that might’ve been overlooked by more heralded labels. Ten years into Lovitt’s life, flagship band Engine Down is two shows away from calling it quits, and newer acts such as Navies and Del Cielo seem to be hitting transition periods. (One has a member in law school; the other is losing its bassist). Lowit himself acknowledges that whenever the label appears to be rolling along, “something happens to slow things down a tad.” But it also shows no signs of fading away. Lovitt’s anniversary show features Engine Down, Fin Fang Foom, Del Cielo, Navies, Ben Davis, Bella Lea, and Des Ark. It starts at 8 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Joe Warminsky)