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Jewelry Store, the most recent EP from the Capitol Years, was the first recorded output to hint at the enthusiasm the Philly foursome displays onstage. In a live setting, the band is able to perform its Nuggets-style gems with proper redlined intensity; on CD, they can sometimes seem constrained. Nonetheless, there are catchy melodies aplenty on this mercantile-minded EP—even if a third of the songs are actually about stores. The band’s spiritual leader and primary songwriter, Shai Halperin, has a style influenced by ’60s-era pop-psych, but one that never falls into a cloyingly retro rut. The songs are as economically punchy as their two-word titles, and the boys aren’t too shy to be frank about their id-driven, rockist motives: “We stare at all the asses/They rush you to first class.” It’s only fair to accommodate their aspirations and experience the Capitol Years in their natural setting, awash in bright footlights and the misty sweat of adoring fans, when they play with the Carlsonics, the High Strung, and Rex Hobart at 9 p.m. at the Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. $7. (202) 462-7625. (David Dunlap Jr.)