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You can’t get more than :30 into any of the six vocal originals on Marshall Crenshaw’s Miracle of Science without hitting a real clunker of a lyric (I timed ’em). The songwriter has given up on someday, someway penning another big hit, instead settling on a pretty good game of Telephone. The savviest of Crenshaw’s covers is a treatment of Grant Hart’s post-breakup remembrance “2541.” Crenshaw seems not to have made use of the Husker drummer (and premier songwriter—hey, ask the Posies)’s 1989 original, having forgone Hart’s bitter nostalgia for the wry regret of former Go-Between Robert Forster’s 1994 take. But then Crenshaw misses it by a mile. The only miracle witnessed by Science is the indestructibility of Hart’s song. “2541” is one of those rare classics that transcends all its recorded versions, making itself available to the mind in an ideal state. What Crenshaw does to it tonight shouldn’t harm it in the least. With Dan Bern at 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $17.50. (703) 549-5919. (GD)