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Collecting dust on the shelf from which music critics pull such stock adjectives as “angular” and “somber” is the word “whimsical.” In the post-dance-punk Age of Being Taken Seriously, this word doesn’t exactly carry a positive connotation. Poor “whimsical” often finds himself recounting tales of former glory alongside fellow vocabular castaways “playful” and “fun.” It could be that passé doesn’t translate so well into Canadian French, but calendar-be-damned if Montreal’s Unicorns don’t manage to give minimal, synth-based indie-pop one last night under the bright lights. The band’s sweet if childish charm is complemented by the appropriately lo-fi production of their debut CD, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone? Luckily for these keyboard-slinging Canucks, no amount of fuzz, camp, or novelty instruments can obscure the band’s knack for subtle, well-crafted songwriting. The Unicorns play with the Occasion at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Matthew Borlik)