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FEBRUARY 25

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Losing a band member might be reason to throw in the towel for a lot of folks out there. After the departure of Blonde Redhead’s bassist, however, the group has recouped remarkably well in live performance, making up for the low-end loss with even more spectacular dual-guitar fireworks. On its new album for Touch and Go, Fake Can Be Just as Good, the New York trio reworks the Sonic Youth references with synergic blasts of dynamism and blurry distortion. One of the most striking things about BR is its earnestness: Vocalists/guitarists Kazu Makino and Amadeo Pace sound like they really mean what’s in the piercing, yearning lyrics they layer over the feedback. For some reason, it makes all the difference. With the Make-Up and the Warmers at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Amy Domingues)