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Julie Dexter’s debut full-length, Dexterity, lacks some of the padding that ensures heavy U.S. urban radio airplay: There are no hooky samples from the O’Jays, no duets with D’Angelo, no beats from ?uestlove. But Dexter’s burnished soprano shines sans mainstream production, and her ragamuffin version of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” beats the hell out of any Erykah Badu or Macy Gray Lady Day claims. Dexter—who gained her critical acclaim mostly from thrilling live performances during extensive small-venue touring—fittingly owes much to the old school. For now, she’ll have to settle for status as a cult favorite in the underground R&B scene. But you can bet, once she becomes a superstar, Dexter won’t be just another flash in the pan. Catch her at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (John Murph)