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Sparklehorse may be a band, but its songs germinate as demo tapes recorded by vocalist Mark Linkous in the extra bedroom of his Bremo Bluff, Va., farmhouse. On Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot, Linkous alternates between acoustic balladry embellished with found sounds and Pavement-meets-Neil-Young electric anthems with distorted vocals. In the late ’70s, Penelope Houston howled anthems of her own with San Francisco’s three-chord punk Avengers. Since then, as on her current Cut You, Houston has placed her still-edgy lyrics in a more restrained setting—nicely sung and cleanly played autoharp-and-mandolin-led folk-pop. With 5 State Drive at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (SK)