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MAY 31

They could have been cartoon superheroes, but the boys of Supergrass declined offers to do an animated TV show and opted, instead, to make another record. In It for the Money is only slightly more sophisticated than 1995’s more immediate, often irreverent I Should Coco. The colorful three-piece has fleshed out its take on British power pop by adding instrumental layering, theremin, bongos, horns, organ, and piano, but the new tunes are still chock-full of Danny Goffey’s street urchin fills, Gaz Coombes’ fuzzy hooks, and Mickey Quinn’s wandering bass. Supergrass continues to fuse a melodic sense of disposable ’60s and ’70s pop at punk rock tempos with fluidity, cleverness, and distinct personality. Though Supergrass is hardly a band with any kind of message, Money is less about the simple joys of youth than about the difficulty of holding on in the day-to-day. The boys have been known to play the Kinks’ “Where Have All the Good Times Gone?” Perhaps tonight we’ll finally find a satisfactory answer. With Pulsars at 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $8. (202) 393-0930. (John Dugan)