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Since alt.country is all about stripping away modern rock’s pretense and getting back to basics, I’m waiting for the bands to out-roots each other. Whiskeytown’s entry into the sincerity sweeps occurs when leader David Ryan Adams scratches his stubble, on mike, at the end of the Black Crowsian “Everything I Do” on the band’s second album, Strangers Almanac. (OK, it’s either Adams rubbing his beard or someone lightly rocking a maraca, but it all sounds so, well, honest!) The Austin-based band plays a tried-and-true brand of rock that touches on the Replacements (“Yesterday’s News”) and the Eagles (“Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight”). Hear Whiskeytown’s odes to the sad life with Fastball at 8 p.m. at the Bayou, 3135 K St. NW. $10. (202) 333-2897. (Christopher Porter)