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One thing hasn’t changed for Kevin Seconds since his days leading ’80s hardcore faves 7 Seconds: his earnestness. The man who made many of us want to walk and rock together has embarked on a solo career that is more K Records pop than Better Youth Organization grind. His latest release, Stoudamire (named after the Toronto Raptors’ Damon), is a minimalist, mostly acoustic collection of strummy, heart-on-your-sleeve pop-rockers. 7 Seconds was one of hardcore’s more melodic bands, and Stoudamire works as a more refined—and way slower—version of the style Seconds has trafficked in for 15 years. As ever, Seconds pens the occasional cringe-inducing lyric, but you may be too busy singing along to notice. You can wear burned cork under your eyes, but no stage diving when Seconds visits with Chris Alastair at 9:30 p.m. at Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 518-7900. (Christopher Porter)