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How do you convince the Celine Dion, Pharcyde, or Yo-Yo Ma fans in your life to brave Fort Reno, the Black Cat, or the Metro Cafe to see a band they’ve never heard before? A forced-listening party, of course. Like fellow indie rockers Sunny Day Real Estate, Very Secretary, and Karate, Seattle-based singer-songrocker David Bazan’s trio, Pedro the Lion, will sound as refreshing to your unversed friends as a Sno-Kone on a 100-degree afternoon. And unlike some of the less accessible, hipper-than-thou bands that frequent our city’s alternative venues, the band pairs its melodic, soulful pop riffs with smart lyrics, a clear voice, and enough pared-down panache to convince even virgin ears to make that inaugural sojourn to DCCD to pick up some ‘zines and discs. Pedro the Lion plays at 9 p.m. at Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 518-7900. (Amanda Fazzone)

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