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When it’s singing about Kansas—the land of bucolic innocence L. Frank Baum used as the setting for The Wizard of Oz—Split Lip Rayfield eschews its state’s peaceful rep and homey images in favor of more contemporary rural stuff: greasy truckers, pinball machines, tick-ridden hounds. But on its latest offering, Never Make It Home, the band showcases its ability to play straight bluegrass—an effort that will still never get the attention of geriatric tastemakers like the folks at WAMU and will ultimately leave the rest of us waiting for them to get back to sounding like Bill Monroe with rabies. Lips get split at 9:30 p.m. at IOTA, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. (703) 522-8340. (Christopher Flores)