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Whether you find Morphine’s disaffection mannered or nuanced likely depends on how well you stomach Mark Sandman’s tendency to play the boastful paramour. For me, on its fourth release, Like Swimming, the band continues to reflect something dark in its singer. With the cool wall of sound projected by this stark sax-bass-drum combo surviving as something more soulful than shticky, there are signs that Sandman could evolve into something more than a poet who treats his angst by painting the town. The tired question that remains, of course, is if he’ll ever be ready. Fellow Bostonites Trona will kick things off with pop-punk style. If requests are solicited, shout out for the group’s blazing remake of Stereolab’s “Wow and Flutter.” At 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (202) 393-0930. (Brett Anderson)