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Bob Mould really means it—The Last Dog & Pony Show is his final plugged-in record. That s quite a statement from a guy who s essentially known as a purveyor of loud, power guitar rock. (In a recent interview on Santa Monica s KCRW, Mould threatened to sell his amps after he s done his tour to support this new record.) Congratulations to Bob for knowing when to stop, especially when some of his contemporaries are hitting the nostalgia circuit with less than passable new material. The band Mould assembled for this record and tour is the same instrumental setup of guitar, bass, and drums he’s gathered for most of his previous efforts, with the exception of a cello on “New #1” and “Along the Way,” tracks that sound as if they’ll lend themselves well to future acoustic arrangements. Mould is at his best when he combines his subtle anger with the intense dynamics of quiet and loud guitars, but the new songs lack his trademark bittersweet poignancy. Chances are he’ll compensate with a few oldies-but-goodies tonight. Archers of Loaf and Varnaline open at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Tina Plottel)