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Thalia Zedek’s stark and weathered accounts of lost love and failed relationships on her solo debut, Been Here and Gone, are so emotive, it’s a wonder she found the strength to record the whole album. Zedek’s new direction is much more reserved than her noisy past, when she fronted raucous bands such as Come, Live Skull, and Uzi. But alone she maintains a gripping intensity: Despite the dreary mood, Zedek’s deep, folky blues never drag. And where there might be gaps, viola, slide guitar, and piano seamlessly fill in every open space. The question is, Can she endure all her pain in the concentrated dose of a stage set? Before Zedek plays, Chris Bald, formerly of ’80s harDCore bands Embrace, Faith, and Ignition, will share what he’s been working on. With Mike Watt at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Dave Powers)