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The Jesus and Mary Chain are world-class surfers—no band has ridden its initial wave of notoriety longer than brothers William and Jim Reid. The band’s debut, Psychocandy, with its wall-of-Phil Spector reverb and Velvet Underground ‘tude, is a landmark of noise pop. Even now, 13 years later, people still buy Mary Chain records to see if the Reid brothers have been able to get the winds whistling around the trees and conjure another Psychocandy. The band’s latest, Munki, is basically the Mary Chain as it has been since 1987’s Darklands: catchy chord progressions cannibalized from rock ‘n’ roll’s carcass blended with electro beats, constant maracas, and Jim’s timeless, breathy snarl. When he plaintively sings, “I think I’m going out of style/I think I’ve known it for a while” on William’s fan-teasing Psychocandy allusion “Never Understood,” it seems as if he’s flipping the bird to all those long-held expectations. Hang ten with the Reids at 8:15 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (CP)