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On 1995’s La Toussaint, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys surprised Cajun enthusiasts by incorporating self-penned, somber odes into their usual repertoire of revved-up takes on historical obscurities. With their new album, Friday at Last, the quintet returns to its 10-year modus operandi of transforming Louisiana’s back pages. While this method is not quite as original, it’s hardly a letdown. The yearning ache in Riley’s voice and his frenzied squeezebox playing are inspired, regardless of songwriter, and the Playboys are no mere bar band. On stately waltzes and rural stompers, the Playboys passionately support their frontman, and the fiddler’s alternately restrained and feverish bowing helps articulate their homespun charm. At 8:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $12. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)