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On a record-buying trip to Philly about six or seven years ago, my friend Dan tried to convince me of “lounge music”‘s enduring appeal. I was unswayed until we ran into a couple of English hipster dudes who declared a bunch of 30-year-old records on the Command and Total Sound labels “the only music that’s happening today” and then wiped out half of Plastic Fantastic’s overpriced stock. These days, you can again find all of the Enoch Light albums you could want in your local thrift store. And with the trendiness factor gone, the only bands still playing lounge music are those who really like the stuff. Take local duo Cigarbox Planetarium. There’s a refreshing lack of irony in its versions of tunes like Antonio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova “Wave” and Joe Meek’s surf instrumental “Telstar.” The band’s forebears might have considered these pieces mere pop standards, but to Cigarbox, they’re classics. The band performs with Mark DuPlass at 9 p.m. at the Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (Mark W. Sullivan)