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In what many are calling “Punkgate,” a pair of unnamed music bloggers recently posted evidence allegedly proving that Britain’s latest dance-punk hype the Stalinistas were nothing more than a lip-synching front. Using documents, rough audio samples, and an unnamed source they call “Acid Burn” (in reference to Angelina Jolie’s Hackers character), the stalwart bloggers reported that the Stalinistas have been performing and releasing long-lost Gang of Four tunes as their own. Thank God D.C. bloggers DJ Leafblower, DCSOB, WeirdCurves, and Seeking Irony come nowhere near such muckraking buzzkill. For them, it’s just about the music, man—digging Hot Hot Heat, clinging to those crushes on Oasis and Buffalo Tom, and linking readers to corporate giveaways. (OK, so sometimes it’s about the industry.) Tonight, said bloggers will turn off their PowerBooks and instead spin DJ sets. To judge from their e-diary entries, expect lots of authentic dance punk, projected photos of cats, Sin City raves, an iPod shuffle or two, and, because they’re indie like that, fliers and crap. The spin starts at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. Free. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)