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Pachelbel’s Canon and Gigue in D is not often heard in rock clubs, either from the jukebox or from the stage. For one thing, it’s too slow—much slower than “Whiter Shade of Pale” or “Nights in White Satin” and in no way achieving that hearty, power-ballad state. But in the hands of Rhode Island–based quartet Zox, the Sunday-brunch classic gets a brand-new groove. Guided by classically trained violinist Spencer Swain, the band’s multitempo arrangement sneaks up on you, beginning with a sly reggae bounce and teases of the famous melody before the punk beat kicks in and it’s off to the races. But Zox is no one-trick pony; most of the group’s songs are full of hooks and three-part harmonies. Watch Swain spin across the stage as Johann spins in his grave when Zox plays with Velvet Ash Rumor and Rum and Kidney Men at 8 p.m. at the Grog & Tankard, 2408 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $7. (202) 333-3114. (Dave Nuttycombe)