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Ah, Virginia. From the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains to, uh, Crystal City, the Old Dominion offers its youth so much to be proud of. Take Young Pioneers: While their name might conjure visions of some history-minded Boy Scout troop, this Richmond band aches to wave the Virginia flag with pride. Sprung from the bowels of the now-defunct Born Against (Richmond’s own legendary political hardcore band), Young Pioneers, whose debut CD, First Virginia Volunteers, has just been released by Vermiform Records, prove that home-state spirit isn’t just for beer-bonging UVA frat boys anymore. With happy little tunes like “Battlefield National Park” (“A teen pregnancy kind of town/A per capita murder kind of town/A check cashing kind of town”), these boys sing the praises of the sleepy Southern capital while still holding onto their punk integrity. See Young Pioneers with those unbelievably stylish kids, the Make-Up and Dog at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Elisa Nader)