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Every complicated art-punk outfit seems to bear the obvious influence of at least one jazzman who brought the skronk, and the roll call generally begins with Sun Ra, Ornette Coleman, Archie Shepp, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, or, as in this case, Miles Davis. At least La Mi Vida Violenta had the common sense to head straight for Davis’ 1972 weirdo-funk colossus On the Corner, with its pan-American percussion and high-concept get-downs. To judge by only the two-song EP and three-song demo that landed in my lap, this central Massachusetts band has at least one trumpeter and one sax player, but the horns seem to be less integral to the newer recordings, which lean more toward controlled chaos, à la Black Eyes. What does this mean for folks who see La Mi Vida Violenta? Who the hell knows. Art-punk ain’t about predictions, man. The band plays with Q and Not U, Manhunter, and Food for Animals at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $9. (202) 667-7960. (Joe Warminsky)