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What if Pinkerton-era Weezer had never happened? Like, if Rivers Cuomo had never upped the discomfort ante by singing about desperately wanting to have sex with young Japanese girls? That doesn’t exactly get at what Dallas quartet the Paper Chase is doing on God Bless Your Black Heart, the band’s latest full-length (and its first for Kill Rock Stars), but singer John Congleton provides plenty of other moments with which to silence a room. Chicagoans We Ragazzi alight on sunnier thoughts, with vocalist Tony Rolando singing about wearing his “Sunday’s best” and “walkin’ before all shadows.” When bandmates Colleen Burke and Alianna Kalaba fall into an angular groove behind him, it’s not exactly the Rapture, but if this weren’t D.C., you’d probably be dancing. Watch them make up the breakdown when the Paper Chase plays with We Ragazzi at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (Chris Hagan)