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Maybe somewhere on an editing-room floor are scenes from the Wilco doc I Am Trying to Break Your Heart where ex-bandmate Jay Bennett looks cool, articulate, and not like a floppy-haired punching bag. Maybe these scenes show Bennett telling the band to scrap any pretension of adding 9/11 songs to its set. Or better yet, maybe they show him as the creative force behind his former band’s much-lauded Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. There might be other scenes, too—of him rocking out soulfully, instead of arguing with bandleader Jeff Tweedy over the few-second intro to “Heavy Metal Drummer.” But those scenes would be for the DVD—or maybe Bennett’s own self-produced DVD. What we are left with is this insightful nugget: If Wilco is a circle, then there can be only one singer-songwriter in the center. What Bennett is left with is playing tiny clubs, battered guitar in hand, mournful lyrics sung from his own spiral notebook. Cheer him up. Cheer him on. Let him know you really don’t think two guitars are obsolete. Bennett plays with collaborator Edward Burch and Centro-matic at 8:30 p.m. at IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $11. (703) 522-8340. (Jason Cherkis)