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The Weakerthans’ John K. Samson is the David Schwimmer of pop-punk. Or perhaps I should say he’s the David Schwimmer of overly poetic emo, or, as I hereby dub the Weakerthans’ oeuvre, poemo. Anyway, the point is that Samson is one sensitive fellow, the kind of guy who watches old M*A*S*H reruns and “really relates” to Hawkeye; the kind of guy who likes to preface his lyrics with quotes by W.H. Auden; the kind of guy Dan Fogelberg dreams of as a son-in-law. As for the Weakerthans, the band does slow and it does fast, but mostly it really, really cares. It cares so much, in fact, that you’ll find yourself wanting to care right along with it. Too bad the Canadian quartet sounds just like every other pop-punk band. But its heart is in the right place, and that ought to count for something, somewhere. The Weakerthans play with Rocking Horse Winner and Greg McPhearson, at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Michael Little)