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The monthly Electric Possible gathering is all about words that end in -al—particularly “experimental,” “accidental,” “improvisational,” and “irrational.” For five bucks, you get an evening of freaky drones and wild tones—the laptop kind and the found-sound kind—but it’s not necessarily a playground for alienation or high-tech brutalism. The noise is a community thing, made by a network of artists who thrive on the freedom to explore emotional spontaneity, social rebellion, and psychedelic escapism, without the hippie aftertaste. Tonight’s 20th Electric Possible is an evening of duos, including Violet and sc.all (D.C. veteran experimentalist Jeff Surak and Scarcelight Records’ Scott Allison), Harm Stryker (Kelly Nourse and Kenny Yates of Richmond’s 804noise collective), and Caution Curves (relative newcomers Rebecca Mills and Tristana Fiscella of D.C.). Don’t let the classroom setting scare you—heck, they’re allowed to use the space for free. Freak out at 8 p.m. at George Washington University’s Phillips Hall, Room B120, 801 22nd St. NW. $5. (703) 533-3423. (Joe Warminsky)