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“We…rocked ’em on Saturday and saved ’em on Sunday,” says guitarist/vocalist Wendell Holmes of his and his brother’s younger musicmaking days. Today they’re still doing both, but often at the same time. On the Holmes Brothers’ sixth CD, Promised Land, they take us through groove-filled R&B originals, impassioned gospel numbers, rockin’ blues, and eerily powerful ballads. While drummer Popsy Dixon’s Pentecostal-rooted vocals went underused on the Brothers’ last effort, here he shines brightly on both Wendell’s “Thank God for You” and Tom Waits’ “Train Song.” Although this trio’s brand of soul may be old-fashioned, it’s fresh enough to teach both slick urban-contemporary crooners and affected punk yeh-yeh types a thing or two. At 9:30 p.m. at Twist & Shout, 4800 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $8. (301) 652-3383. (Steve Kiviat)