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Those of you who’ve been grumbling that the whole Brooklyn band thing is a conspiracy are, in fact, correct—I was there for the annual meeting of the New York music press last spring, when, emboldened by our success in making the Strokes and Ryan Adams famous despite neither one’s being able to write a song, we decided to feature the borough where most of us lived so we wouldn’t have to schlep to Manhattan every night. Someone—Gideon Yago, if I recall correctly—suggested we divvy up our ’80s LPs among local acts and “solicit feedback.” To the Liars we gave the Fall, to Interpol we gave Joy Division, and to Radio 4 we gave Gang of Four (easy to remember). The only records left when the Rogers Sisters showed up were the first Missing Persons EP and the Television Personalities’ And Don’t the Kids Just Love It, but danged if they haven’t woven those into a tight little tinderbox of a debut LP, Purely Evil. Jennifer and Laura Rogers are indie lifers who were in Ruby Falls and now own their own bar in Brooklyn. Miyuki Furtado holds his own as the token male bass player, supplying witty between-song banter during the Sisters’ fiery sets. And unlike their boroughmates, the Rogers Sisters actually seem cognizant of the world outside the tri-state area: “The Earth is gonna stop/Is anybody listening?” Jennifer deadpans on the album’s first track. The answer, of course, is yeah, yeah, yeah. The Rogers Sisters play with the Natural History at 9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Andrew Beaujon)