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The Mollys, a folk-rock quintet from Tucson, Ariz., take Anglo-Celtic roots, blend them with romantic Tex-Mex, Cajun rhythms, a bit of country, and wrap the whole package up with a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll attitude. Vocalist Catherine Zavala sounds as much like the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan as any woman could—just listen to her rasp her way through the band’s radical reworking of Steeleye Span’s “All Around My Hat” on the group’s new CD, Hat Trick. Accordionist Kevin Schramm leads the band through such instrumental romps as the title cut and “Miners Polka,” and his south-of-the-border style brings a new accent to the band’s treatment of British folk songs like “Long Is the Dark.” The Mollys (who at times sound like a fantasy band consisting of musicians from the Pogues, Steeleye Span, and Los Lobos) will have the crowd moving at 8:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $7. (301) 652-3383. (Ken Roseman)