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In a magical land where Jawbox’s For Your Own Special Sweetheart was a commercial success, Shiner would be radio gods. But almost seven years and a few full-lengths after its 1995 debut LP, Splay, the Kansas City four-piece finds itself back where it began—on D.C.’s DeSoto Records. Shiner’s most recent release, last October’s The Egg, is also its most accomplished—the quartet seems finally to have mastered angular math-rock and conquered the sonic landscapes of post-rock in one fell swoop. Rap-metal and ’60s-revival rock may dominate the airwaves in the real world, but perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise that bands like Shiner will always remain safely under the mainstream radar. Keep your culture where it belongs and check out Shiner with Engine Down and Out Circuit at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Matthew Borlik)