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Boston’s Mission of Burma was not easily lumped into any of the rock scenes of the band’s original, pre-Internet, pre-Nirvana time: The Boston quartet was too abrasive to be mainstream, too artsy to be hardcore, and too punky to be art-rock. But the band’s collision of styles, occasionally sweetened with a spoonful of melody, endeared it to a small devoted audience of college-radio listeners and fanzine readers: Burma’s guitarist/vocalist Roger Miller brought an enthusiasm for free jazz and jagged psychedelia, bassist Clint Conley delivered tuneful playing and impassioned vocals, and drummer Peter Prescott stomped out galloping drumbeats as soundman/tape-machine manipulator Martin Swope stood by the soundboard looping and distorting what was coming off the stage. The result was more than a simple sum of its parts. When Miller’s tinnitus forced the band to break up in 1983, it appeared that Burma would amount to nothing but a footnote in rock history. But thanks to R.E.M.’s cover of “Academy Fight Song,” Moby’s note-for-note rendition of the band’s most pop-friendly effort, “(That’s When I Reach For My) Revolver,” and a chapter in Our Band Could Be Your Life, Mission of Burma has gained some posthumous mystique. Invited to reunite, three of the four members (Shellac’s Bob Weston is taking Swope’s place) began playing occasional gigs last year. Expect both new and old songs to attest to Burma’s noisy but beautiful brand of chaos. The band plays with Oxes and Tone at 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Steve Kiviat)