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No one knows for sure whether the 1997 death of former INXS frontman Michael Hutchence was the result of suicide or autoerotic asphyxiation. But for the extroverted tambourine and rattle-embellished choruses, Joseph Arthur sounds not far from his own dark night of passion in extremis on “Devil’s Broom,” from the upcoming Our Shadows Will Remain: “I just pray to the Lord he’s gonna come down and take me/Sweep me off the floor with the devil’s broom.” All downward swoops and angry snarls, Arthur’s voice evokes Hutchence’s on “Broom,” but most of Shadows reveals an alliance with the messy-haired, four-track-in-the-basement crowd rather than with Australia’s rocker poster boy. It’s a fine album, but if Arthur decides to sell out, I hear reality-TV-guru Mark Burnett is producing Rock Star, a series that will anoint a new lead singer for INXS. Root for Arthur’s integrity at 9 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $12. (703) 522-8340. (Pamela Murray Winters)