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These days, it’s incredibly rare to find an exciting new band via a 7-inch record, but Rainer Maria took the indie route and ended up inside my head with its single “New York, 1955.” The Wisconsin trio, which takes its name from Rilke, plays elegiac music the poet would be proud to know he inspired. Rainer Maria combines the tempos of Codeine with the desperation of the Red House Painters. Its male and female vocals are alternately soaring and dispirited as they fight for dominance inside the uncluttered grooves of distorted guitar, slow-rolling bass lines, and the persistent, deadpan thump of drums. The Most Secret Method’s new split 10-inch (with the Dusters) shows that the D.C. trio is still a bunch of spirited, if overly muted, post-punkers. With Les Trois Malheures at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $3. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)