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Standing in line a couple of weeks ago to see Belle & Sebastian—a line I later abandoned when the “Emperor’s New Clothes” vibe of the event got too strong—I wondered how many people would come out to see Statuesque. A southern English trio that combines the literate folk-pop of the Smiths and first-album-era James with the sort of casual, offhand melodicism evident in the best moments of Pavement, Statuesque doesn’t really sound anything like B&S, but, like the Scottish octet, its music is smart, tuneful, and poetic, albeit less coy. The band’s 14-track full-length debut Arbiters Anonymous was funded and released by Cassiel, a tiny Boston-based label, and is notable for guitarist-singer Stephen Manning’s arty but resolutely unpretentious lyrics and the trio’s scrappy instrumental resolve. Come out and push the attendance figures for this small-stage show into the double digits. With 45 Spiders at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Terry Banks)