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MONDAY

For Washingtonians more interested in punky pop than poppy punk, the label of record isn’t Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson’s Dischord but Alan McGee and Dick Green’s Creation. Granted, the self-styled “Greatest Recording Organisation in the World,” which folded last year, was based in London, a long, long way from Beecher Street NW. But no U.S. metropolis took to Creation’s retrofuturist signature sound—pioneered by the Jesus and Mary Chain, perfected by My Bloody Valentine (pictured), and dumbed down by Oasis—like D.C. In the early ’90s, with seemingly every other new band named for a classic single by a Creation artist—or a classic single by a group that included a guy who was a Creation artist, or a classic single released on a label run by a guy who was a Creation artist—Washington had, briefly, just about the Britishest Amerindie scene going. These days, with Fugazi in perhaps its finest form yet and Velocity Girl in no form at all, things are different. Nonetheless, this Monday marks a harmonic convergence of Creation worship in D.C.: Capitol Hill-based Matinée Recordings releases a vinyl tribute to the label by real-life limey outfit Lovejoy, and local DJ Mark Zimin presents the live homage “In the Beginning,” which features a handful of area Brits-for-a-day—including Tone-related folks the Sun Kings, Boyracer member the Youth Untold, and former Make-Up artist Ian Svenonious—performing songs by the Creation acts of their choice. After hitting the record store, old-school Anglophiles should show up at 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Leonard Roberge)