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SATURDAY

By 1983, some of harDCore’s early adopters were looking for a way out. The members of a new Washington band called Madhouse found an unusual escape route: goth. Unusual around here, that is. In a world that already had Siouxsie and the Banshees, Madhouse sometimes seemed a tad redundant. But as the quartet developed, renaming itself Strange Boutique in the process, its style became more confident and distinctive. That’s illustrated by the new The Collection, 1988–1994, all but one of whose tracks were recorded in the group’s final three years. Singer Monica Richards demonstrates complete control over the 12 original songs, and she does a pretty convincing job of claiming the other one, a cover of Bowie’s “Heroes.” Now Richards and her old cohorts will be Strange Boutique again, just for one day, to mark the 10th anniversary of the band’s dissolution. The shadows gather and mists begin to thicken when the band plays with This Ascension and Siddal at 9:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $15. (202) 667-7960. (Mark Jenkins)