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Ten Small Spaces, the latest album by stunningly talented folk-rockers Ida, is a sort of odds and ends collection of home recordings, covers, and low-key originals. Among the band’s covers are Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Neil Young’s “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere,” Brian Eno’s “Golden Hours,” and Secret Stars’ “Shoe-In.” For Geoff Farina, the male half of Secret Stars, Ida’s selection says just how Ida ranks his songwriting talentsright next to Young, Eno, and Monroe. (Ida even has a song called “Les Étoiles Secrètes.”) To date, Secret Stars have just a CD and a cassette release to call their own, but the duo, which also features singer-songwriter Jody Buonanno, is putting the finishing touches to a new record. Sneak a listen to Secret Stars’ latest sad, whispered lullabies with the Lion’s Den and Sea Tiger at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (CP)