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Songs: Ohia singer/guitarist/creative force Jason Molina seems to have transformed the melancholy that characterized his earlier recordings. On his fifth long-player, last year’s Ghost Tropic, Molina and his accompanists moved on from Will Oldham-meets-Neil Young indie-folk to otherworldly funeral dirges. Molina & Co. (this time, Scotsman Alasdair Roberts and Shane Aspergren of Lincoln, Neb.’s, Lullaby for the Working Class) have created a set of atmospheric compositions filled with doom and despair. Although some cuts are eerily affecting, others are hurt by a lack of melodic or rhythmic inventiveness and over-the-top downer lyrical phrases such as “Simply to live that is my plan.” Songs: Ohia appears at 8 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 588-9118. (Steve Kiviat)