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Though set in Düsseldorf rather than the Bay Area, Kraftwerk’s 30-year history can be read as a parallel to the PC revolution: Young, future-facing longhairs who once knob-fiddled on crude electronics morph into close-shorn engineers of a corporate brand, complete with PowerPoint backdrops. Finally off hiatus thanks to 1998’s micro world tour and 2004’s entirely unexpected Tour de France Soundtracks, the core duo of Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider maintain tight quality control over their catalog. Hence the best-of élan on the group’s new Minimum-Maximum, a two-disker of dance-mechanic hits culled from recent gigs from Warsaw to Tokyo. But nothing compares to the full-spectrum rattle and bump that can only be properly consumed live. With both members manning identical chrome-and-metal stations and thwacking away, Kraftwerk’s performance is sure to be a perfectly calibrated balance of sweaty people-moving and cool number-crunching. Kraftwerk plays at 8:30 p.m. (see City List for other dates) at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40. (202) 397-7328. (Bernardo Rondeau)