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SUNDAY

Krakatoa is “truly awful.” Or so says a recent Village Voice review of bassist Ted Casterline’s other band, the Hong Kong. Of course, one listen to the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Philly quartet’s third and latest full-length, We Are the Rowboats, reveals that Krakatoa is anything but awful: The band’s actually quite charming. True, Krakatoa’s mellow jazz-rock instrumentals will probably never earn the Rolling Stone coverage and major-label courtship of the Hong Kong’s “pneumatic pop.” But that doesn’t mean the band isn’t pop-savvy; its members have simply chosen a lower-stakes path. We Are the Rowboats posits that Miles Davis didn’t go insane after In a Silent Way and that Frank Zappa made great records when he kept his cakehole shut. Yes, a lot of postrock bands hold these truths to be self-evident. But unlike a lot of postrock bands, Krakatoa actually makes good songs, not just good sounds. Krakatoa plays at 9:30 p.m. at Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (Brent Burton)