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The synth-pop of I Am the World Trade Center is unpolished, uncalculated, and even klutzy. But the duo’s laptop creations are never short on postgrad grooviness. In short, put away that What Would Kraftwerk Do? bracelet before heading to an IATWTC show. To the uninitiated, singer Amy Dykes might sound hopelessly detached (think Debbie Harry without a libido), but then it becomes clear that too much emoting would spoil the fun. Likewise for dots-and-loops man Dan Geller (co-founder of Kindercore Records), who consistently finds interesting new ways to recycle cheapo ’80s sounds. IATWTC got its start by moving hipster asses in Athens, Ga., but a temporary migration north apparently delivered the New Wavy boost it always needed. The duo’s upcoming disc, The Tight Connection, even tackles a cover of Blondie’s “Call Me.” Tres New York! Yeah, and they’re keeping the name. The band plays with Busy Signals and Triangle at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $6. (202)

667-7960. (Joe Warminsky)