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Don’t let the tag “moody D.C. prog-rock” put you off Latristic. Yes, it’s an accurate description of the duo’s sound, but Rob Pierangeli (vocals and guitar) and Steve Cooper (keyboards and programming) remake and remodel the genre with winning touches of Roxy Music’s grandeur and Portishead’s spooky melodiousness. The band’s self-produced debut, Intro-, shows off its strengths to great effect: Pierangeli’s voice has a sturdy sweetness that is complemented wonderfully by Cooper’s layers of piano, organ, and drum machine, especially on subtly funky tunes like “Red Alert.” At its best, Intro- is perfect electronic rock for that early-Sunday-morning moment when last night’s party rests uncomfortably upon you and all tomorrow’s parties seem very far away. Pierangeli and Cooper will reproduce the results of their successful studio experiment with Velvet and Lola at 10 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 588-9118. (Richard Byrne)