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As if being in a highly regarded band weren’t enough, hard-working Sea and Cake guitarist Archer Prewitt has released his second solo full-length, White Sky. Modern rock decorated with some lushly orchestrated pop crescendos, White Sky is full of dramatic string and horn passages and towering layers of mellotron, organ, and harmonica. Like a less quirky Richard Davies, Prewitt crams many musical ideas into one album. The intimate “I’ll Be Waiting” presents a Prewitt that can give even Nick Drake-style balladeering a go. He assumes the soulful singer-songwriter role with subtlety, but Prewitt’s voice isn’t always effective. Although he’s abundantly talented, he seems to be more of a quiet charmer than a naturally magnetic front man. But don’t put it past Prewitt to put on a good masquerade tonight; on most of White Sky he pulls it off most convincingly. With David Grubbs and Jenny Toomey & Amy Domingues at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (John Dugan)