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“The stuff we have gotten so far is hardcore and glitch-tastic,” boast the organizers of the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Laptop Battle 1.0 on their Web site. Free your mind and your laptop will follow is the philosophy here: GarageBand has taken over the garage, and everyone has a chance at being a bedroom Neptune. But if watching the glow off of some dude’s PowerBook as he double-clicks—or, failing that, the simple promise of witnessing something “glitch-tastic”— doesn’t grab you, you can at least hold out for the inevitable hard-drive crash. Battle organizers also suggest that contestants “run poop thru a blender” or set their laptops on fire, explaining as the true Yodas of this burgeoning craft that they are: “this i believe would score you well.” We all can burn our Aphex Twin records after the showdown, which starts at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $6. (202) 483-5000. (Jason Cherkis)

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