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Autolux’s Carla Azar sure isn’t taking the easy path to rock stardom. In 1987, she was a teenaged drumming prodigy who recorded with Wendy & Lisa. (Yes, the Prince and the Revolution “Is the water ready?” Wendy & Lisa.) Since then she’s been in an overlooked band (Ednaswap) and done time as a fairly prominent studio drummer, working with Natalie Merchant, Joan Osborne—and on the Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood soundtrack. But don’t be fooled into thinking that Azar’s résumé, rather suited for the O magazine demographic, means that she isn’t a tough-as-nails rock drummer. One night in May 2002, after she and her current band, Autolux, opened for Elvis Costello, Azar fell from the stage and shattered her elbow. After her arm was reconstructed with eight titanium screws, she was able to continue drumming. Hardcore. Last year’s Future Perfect featured one of the best shoegazing songs in recent memory, “Sugarless,” and Azar’s stylings must be seen to be truly appreciated. Autolux plays with the Raveonettes and the Peels at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (David Dunlap Jr.)