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As the late ’80s and early ’90s indie-pop world grew up, and its lifeblood, the 7-inch single, became too archaic for even the scene’s most dedicated fans, it was easy to forget that the genre still existed. But as fanzines became Web ‘zines and 7-inches morphed into CD singles and MP3s, shy, jangly, smart music was still being made. Tonight, Matinee Recordings is sponsoring a show featuring two shining examples of modern indie pop. The Field Mice-inspired Simpatico is headed up by Jason Sweeney, the former vocalist-guitarist of Sweet William, the band responsible for Matinee’s first release. The Windmills, who sound an awful lot like the Smiths and the Go-Betweens, were contemporaries of those bands. The band bit the dust but later re-formed for some new Matinee releases. Come together again, my daisy-kissed brothers and sisters, when Simpatico and the Windmills play with DJs Will Eastman and Les Talusan at 8:30 p.m. at Signal 66, 926 N St. NW. $5. (202) 842-3436. (Christopher Porter)