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From the Pop Group and Crass down to Huggy Bear and even Chumbawumba, British punk bands have fused music and politics, often paying more attention to their message than their sound. And Red Monkey—whose off-kilter but funky rhythm section, jagged guitars, and leftist thinking suggest Gang of Four or the Au Pairs—is clearly keeping up the tradition. Red Monkey openly deals with politics of a more personal nature: Mental illness (“Power & Dependence”), sexism (“In Her Own Write”), sexuality (“Straight Lines Don’t Fit”), and even transportation (“Bike Song”) are targets. Also like the godfathers of post-punk, Red Monkey not only addresses these issues and how members of the band are personally affected by them but also offers possible solutions to the problems at hand. Red Monkey plays with Q and Not U, Panthers, and Erase Errata at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Jacob Long)