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What’s a nice girl like me doing in a place like this? Letting her imagination run amok, courtesy of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Wandering through Track 6 of Grand Opening and Closing, I envision a gurgling devil’s cauldron, squadrons of flies, a bulbous-membered Old Nick swaggering from cave to cave, claw hammers defiling a ceremonial pot, birds careening into lakes of lava, cadaverous fists ripping maggot-filled cots asunder, bones clanging dinner bells, and liquid mercury dripping into brackish water. Nils Frykdahl’s beastly snarl almost manages to obscure the fact that the lyrics are actually less Armageddon and more Eddie Vedder: “There was a time when the world was mine/Now it’s yours and I’m powerless.” If I can’t say I exactly enjoyed this museum trip, I can say it awakened my brain—which is more than a lot of musical tourism has to offer. Sleepytime Gorilla Museum plays with Koshari at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Pamela Murray Winters)