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FRIDAY

Via releases on D.C.’s own Skoda Records and relentless touring throughout North America, the Czech band Uz Jsme Doma has carved out a sizable space in the U.S. underground. Founded in the Bohemian city of Teplice as a seven-piece in 1985, the group now includes only one original member, sax player Jindra Dolansk«y. But UJD is far from washed-up. Current frontman Miroslav Wanek has an incredible presence that invigorates the group’s new album, Ears. The record effortlessly connects the rowdy pub-punk of the Damned and X-Ray Spex with Eastern European folk roots, resulting in a unique sort of progressive rock that should appeal equally to fans of melodic Dutch punkers Funeral Oration and the Knitting Factory crowd. UJD performs with the Fee Foe V and the Macitajs on Acid at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (John Dugan)