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There are plenty of indie-rock bands sporting unorthodox lineups nowadays, so Rah Bras’ eschewing of electric guitar isn’t all that unusual. However, the Richmond trio’s shift away from ax-centric sounds doesn’t mean it’s also abandoned sweaty, stripped-to-the-thong hard rockin’. By design, the band is a study in contrasts: Fronted by keyboards and near-operatic female vocals, Rah Bras is downright otherworldly, yet the sheer cojones of its rhythm section (John Skaritza drummed for hardcore-hook heroes Hose Got Cable, and bassist Dave Nesmith played six-string in Sleepytime Trio) ground the trio in earthy bombast and groove. Rah Bras’ original songs sound positively Japanese in their marriage of rhythm, math, and noise (think Ruins and Boredoms), but the band always brings it down live with a smolderingand hilariousR&B cover (such as Ginuwine’s “Pony” or Sparkle’s “Be Careful”). Rah Bras performs at 9 p.m. at the Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (Brent Burton)