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By the time Milemarker finishes loading its ungainly mass of laptop computers, synthesizers, guitar equipment, and assorted noisemakers onstage, you’ll probably be wondering exactly what you’re in for. But don’t worry—the band makes futurist hardcore music that’s Y2K-ready. Although the electronic soundscapes, extensive use of samples, and seamlessly meshing male-female vocals may have you doubting that Milemarker is the real punk deal, skin-pounding drummer Sean Husick ought to reassure you that this band is here to bring the noise. The band’s punk pedigree includes members of Sleepytime Trio, Hellbender, and Griver, some of the hardest-hitting hardcore outfits ever—even if these folks have been digging a little too deeply into their old Siouxsie & the Banshees records as of late. The band’s most recent effort, Frigid Forms Sell, is its third—and strangest—full-length; it tackles everything from computers and commodities to insect incest and the coming ice age. Watch Milemarker get spooky and spunky—but never quiet—with Monochrome at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Colin Bane)