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WEDNESDAY

The worst compilation record, well, ever is Back to the Island: Reggae From Martha’s Vineyard, which features Carly Simon covering Bob Marley. The worst jazz album ever is Joni Mitchell’s Mingus. The worst rapper ever to sport baggies and land in Rolling Stone is Vanilla Ice. If white peeps can make mincemeat out of the music of other cultures without feeling tied down by race, why can’t minorities grab guitars without the discomforting two-step of carrying politics with their picks? Artists shouldn’t have to sweep up broken glass every time out. If you can let Lucinda Williams rap, you can let Q-Tip sing, you can let Mos Def release his rock record, and you can go see the Asians in Rock showcase, which features enough kickass indie-centric guitar-play to make Ken Burns think about filming the whole thing. Suntan, Chiyoko, Panda Panda, Jenny Choi, and Creme Blush play at 9 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $7. (202) 462-3213. (Jason Cherkis)