FRIDAY

Medications get bi-zee more than they get bi-zay. The difference? Getting bi-zay means making sure listeners get naked, whereas getting bi-zee means making sure listeners stick their hands in their pockets and marvel at the group’s technical ability. This is possibly because all three members of Medications play the drums (and probably all use the word “prowess” in that most enduring and creative of band-bonding rituals, the music-nerd debate). Andrew Becker is the group’s formal drummer, and he plays like the dude from Rush chasing his drum kit down a hill. But bassist Chad Molter and guitarist Devin Ocampo always get in on Becker’s action with percussive playing of their own, the way they did in Faraquet, but without all that set-lengthening instrument-switching. Ocampo, who hit the skins for Smart Went Crazy, sings passionately over this spiffy din—and, to be fair, Medications often rock in the bi-zay sense, especially on the choruses, which is the only part of songs most people remember anyway—with oblique lyrics about botched assassinations and fizzling romances. Molter, who used to play drums in Faraquet (and currently works at the Washington City Paper), says he “can’t pick just one King Crimson record” that he likes and adds, “Yeah, I know I played right into your hands there.” Yes you did, Mr. Molter, and I thank you. Medications play with Mary Timony, Garland of Hours, and Brandon Butler at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $9. (202) 667-7960. (Andrew Beaujon)