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London-based Stereolab is the grooviest futurist pop group on the planet. Although it has recorded critiques of the cruel cycles of capitalism (such as the infectious “Ping Pong” on Mars Audiac Quintet), it’s not the Marxist ideology but the unique formula of each concoction that identifies a Stereolab tune. In the lab, elements are never blended thoughtlessly; instead, Krautrock, moogs, bossa nova rhythms, jazzy vibes, drum ‘n’ bass beats, soundtracky strings, and the soothing purr of a chanteuse are allowed to rub up against each other like guests at a cocktail party. When chemicals such as these are combined in a crowded room—even at the 9:30 Club—an outbreak of mass grooviness is almost certain to occur. With High Llamas at 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930. (John Dugan)