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TUESDAY

When two-thirds of its founding members are experimental noise-rockers, an alt-country band is probably safe from ever sounding like Ryan Adams. Which is why Brooklyn’s Young People have earned such high praise for their not-so-subtle tinkering with a musical genre more watered-down than Mr. Love Is Hell’s last cocktail. War Prayers, Young People’s second country-tinged full-length, finds the trio abandoning almost all sense of conventional songwriting in favor of the stripped-down stylings more commonly associated with avant-rock deconstructionism—often consisting of little more than Katie Eastburn’s soulful (if endearingly off-key) vocals and Jarrett Silberman’s downright tribal drumming. Ex–Pink and Brown guitarist Jeff Rosenberg fills in the gaps with a little reverb-drenched chord here and scratchy blast of noise there, finishing touches to a surprisingly accessible record. Young People play with the Gossip and Dame Fate at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Matthew Borlik)