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The Scottish quintet Mogwai is an unlikely protest band. The band’s dreamy, often instrumental, Slint-meets-Slowdive sound is about as musically distant as you can get from archetypal political punks like Crass. But whether it’s fighting curfews imposed upon students by the Glasgow City Council with its No Education=No Future (Fuck the Curfew) EP, refusing to sell its music for a commercial, or printing up “Blur Are Shite” T-shirts, Mogwai is using its hype-heavy U.K. status as a soapbox. Come On Die Young, the band’s cheekily titled new album, doesn’t rely nearly as much on chest-blasting dynamics as 1997’s Young Team did. Instead, the band sounds like a hipper, very now version of ’70s Pink Floyd—which is a good thing. See Mogwai with the Wicked Farleys and fellow Glaswegian soundsmiths Ganger at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)