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Dave Pajo, best known for his work in Tortoise and Slint, covers more post-rock territory with his new vehicle, Aerial M. The Louisville-based project’s spare, subtly dynamic instrumentals on the new self-titled Drag City album allow for soundtrack sounds with gently interwoven melodic lines that leave behind the tension of Slint’s Spiderland. D.C.’s Trans Am snags riffs from Van Halen’s “Panama” while mixing precise rhythms and curious electro-bleeps, usually in the same song. Both play with Pittsburgh’s relentless Don Caballero and Knodle at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (John Dugan)