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There is a small but consistent indie-rock performance space in this area open to no-name touring bands thanks to the booking efforts of the Galaxy Hut’s Alice Despard. Now, the Arlington bar owner gets her chance to take to the Galaxy’s stage—or, more accurately, floor—in honor of her own CD, Push Me Pull You. The album’s 11 songs are the product of consistently enticing songwriting, conceived in heartache and birthed in a smoky bar. As showcased in the pleading “Firmament” and the ragged “Red Clay,” Despard’s music has a dusty quality that some would dub alternative country, but there’s a rough edge left all around the music, as well as in Despard’s voice, that suggests plain old rock ‘n’ roll à la Patti Smith. Wedding Present-like indie-rockers 45 Spiders, whose Deep Reverb label released Push Me Pull You, join Despard with their own mini-album, Mizu No Oto, for a joint release party at 9 p.m. at Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (CP)