SATURDAY

According to Nature, researchers at Harvard Medical School are currently experimenting on yeast cells in an effort to slow down the human aging process. Now, I don’t know much about biology, but it seems as if those white-coats would be better served studying the Ex. Not only is this first-generation Dutch punk band still recording and touring, but founding members vocalist G.W. Sok and guitarist Terrie Ex have been doing so since 1979. Over the years, the boy-girl quintet has remained remarkably true to its original sound and vision: a combination of Wire’s right-angled minimalism, Gang of Four’s scratch-and-scrape riffage, and the Clash’s populist politics. Yet even more impressive than the quality of 1998’s Starters Alternators, 2001’s Dizzy Spells, and the Ex’s new 2003 demo—all as good or better than its very first record—are the band’s live shows. The last time the Ex played the Black Cat—right before the release of Starters Alternators—the members were all hopping around the stage like kids on Christmas morning and playing as if there was no place they’d rather be. The Ex perform with Erase Errata and Numbers at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Brent Burton)