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With retro sounds so marketable now, up-and-coming band Longwave is here to offer you a bargain, capturing the whole New Wave catalog on a single album, The Strangest Things. That’s a real savings over all those Rhino comps, box sets, and albums by the original artists! The album is being released by RCA Recordsa big-time labelso you won’t have a problem getting your hands on it. And if you read the fine print, the 12-song collection was produced by Dave Fridmann, a real pro. So you know it’s gonna sound good. Still, if you aren’t convinced, let’s give a quick run-down: “Wake Me When It’s Over” is pure Smiths; “Pool Song” sounds like bad Television; “Everywhere You Turn” is the Cure in Boys Don’t Cry mode; “Can’t Feel a Thing” sounds like an R.E.M. demo; “Tidal Wave,” well, sounds like more Television. You get the picture: floppy hair, deeply sad voices, jean jackets, and jangly guitars. See for yourself, and bring a VHS copy of Pretty in Pink to have the band autograph, when Longwave plays at 8:30 p.m. at Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. $10. (703) 522-8340. (Jason Cherkis)