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Intrigued by the soul-singer namedropping of Kanye West’s hit “Slow Jamz,” critic Simon Reynolds has compiled on his blog a list of performers that indie-rockers might use to woo that special someone. Juana Molina should be added to that tally. On her 2003 critics’ fave Segundo and the more recent Tres Cosas, this Argentine femme displays a breathy Stereolab/Beth Orton/Bebel Gilberto coo that’s guaranteed to enamor Converse-wearing objects of desire. A onetime TV sketch-comedy star in her homeland, Molina changed livelihoods and retreated to her bedroom to record wispy Spanish vocals with prickly lyrics over synth bleeps, found sounds, and minimalist guitar strumming. Distanced from the sultry melodrama of her homeland’s tango, the coffeehouse clichés of folk, and the overt pull of R&B, Molina’s folktronica instead conjures up a charged late-night ambiance that seduces quietly. Molina plays with Savath & Savalas and DJ Nobody at 8 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (Steve Kiviat)

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