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New York City’s Panthers meld gender politics and distorted noise punk in a way that wants to recall the Nation of Ulysses. The band’s recent EP, Let’s Get Serious, includes song titles such as “Post-Fascist Fantasies” and “Sexist Not Sexy,” not to mention quotes from the likes of Georges Bataille. But whereas N.O.U. always left you wondering whether its act wasn’t some kind of radical shuck, Panthers’ seems to be in earnest—which is too bad for those of us who prefer put-ons to politics and cringe at such lyrics as “You can’t say this song is not about race/You can’t say this song is not about gender.” Fortunately, Panthers manufacture the kind of unholy din that renders words irrelevant. Well, almost. The caterwauly “Don’t Be a Dick” would be perfect if vocalist Jayson Green, who usually does the right thing by slurring his words like the elocution-class clown, hadn’t seen fit to pronounce “class consciousness” like James Earl Jones. Panthers play with A.R.E. Weapons at 9 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (Michael Little)