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With Billy Childish, it’s hard not to just make lists. There are the Pop Rivets, Thee Milkshakes, Thee Mighty Caesars, the Del Monas. And of course, Thee Headcoats, the Natural Born Lovers, Billy Childish and the Black Hands, and just plain old Billy Childish. These are just a smidgen of the names under which garage rocker Childish has churned out a deluge of 100 records since ’79. Along the way, he has dug into the blues, straight-up ’60s garage rock, pre-lo-fi lo-fi, R&B, and unromantic romantic poetry. Childish is a loud drunk, a tragic hero, an angry leftist (who spouted that money is “the langwidge of all the arsholes of the world”), a former dock worker, and most importantly an untamed heart. The lowdown on Childish always includes poor production and songs that can kick out the jams (whether it’s “Brimful of Hate” or “Squarsville” or “Childs Death Letter”). Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event when Childish picks to play with Thee Headcoats. With the Makers and the Morning Shakes at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Jason Cherkis)