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DECEMBER 12

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Techno doesn’t get any more functional than it does tonight. England’s Faithless makes grooves so low-down your knuckles will be dragging on the ground. The band’s aptly named debut, Irrelevance, features rapper Maxi Jazz (aka G.O.D., the “Grand Oral Disseminator”), who is a sort of poor man’s Tricky with smoke-softened sexual rhymes. Sister Bliss and Rollo provide Faithless’ blend of dance-pop-triphop, and they seem to know Primal Scream’s Screamadelica inside and out without actually getting what made it so great. (Well, for one thing, it doesn’t have a song that features the line “I swear you look wicked wit’ your panties in your hair.”) While Juno Reactor’s Bible of Dreams album features African percussion and Eastern instruments, the Brit band creates pure put-your-hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don’t-care rave music. The CD’s hard-charging repetition grows tiresome at home, but live it should be a strong anecdote to Faithless’ lollygagging and the ridiculous Jesus poses of Moby (hereafter declared the Jane Fonda of techno: Activism + Aerobics Music = TNT!). At 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (202) 393-0930. (Christopher Porter)