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Time was when giving your band a self-deprecatory name was a sign of chutzpah. Now that the practice is so commonplace that critics have tired of mentioning it, the pre-emptive nominal dis has become a form of protection for marginal acts. (Think of those minor Jane Austen characters whose social defenses lie in not having any.) Not only does this week’s dreary/dreamy indie outfit call itself Shallow, it names its new release cd laser lens cleaner (which, Zero Hour should note, would have been a more thoughtful gift). Mazzy Star live is the closest I’ve come to asleep standing up, but Shallow, with the meta-babydoll vocals of Julie Shields, could be a contender. With Ida and June (which in its more sprightly moments sounds like Kim Deal in her less sprightly moments) at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (GD)