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In 1984, Barrence Whitfield’s Little Richard-inspired wail and the frenzy of his band, the Savages, wowed discerning roots-rock, punk, and soul fans alike. While the band later changed members and lost its original intensity, the former record-store clerk’s ability to roar obscure jump blues and to testify on gritty soul numbers always made its shows more than just bar-band fare. After releasing two albums with y’allternative songwriter Tom Russell and a cut on a Merle Haggard tribute disc, Whitfield has teamed up with Massachusetts blues band the Movers. While their songbook of ’40s and ’50s R&B is a tad too reverential, Barrence occasionally cuts loose with vigor. At 9:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $9. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)