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Formed in Houston in 1966, the Red Krayola (nee the Red Crayola) began as a noisy psychedelic alternative to the flowery sounds of the Summer of Love—best evidenced on Live 1967—and it continues into the new millennium thanks to the persistence of singer, guitarist, and sole original member Mayo Thompson. Thompson occasionally revived the Red Krayola throughout the ’70s and ’80s, but his current relationship with Chicago’s Drag City label has produced the most consistent appearance of Red Krayola product and tours to date. The band’s latest release, Fingerpainting, revisits the spirit of its 1967 debut, Parable of Arable Land, by alternating between primitivist pop songs and throbbing free-form freakouts with surprisingly uniform results. Tonight’s show features Thompson playing with labelmates David Grubbs (ex-Gastr Del Sol) and Stephen Prina. At 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Brent Burton)