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Though a little more country than Hyaa!, her best-known previous band, Alice Despard’s Whirligig is hardly earthbound. The local quartet’s recent demo tape reveals that the singer/guitarist still writes soaring melodies—and still has a voice that can ascend with them. With folkish post-punk D.C. trio Soaphead Church and Yogaberry at 10 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Mark Jenkins)