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It’s been almost three years since the Swirlies last released new material, but their latest, They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons, shows what the time off did for their sound. The guitars are still rough and distorted, just better recorded. It’s what would have happened if Stereolab had grown up listening to American metal instead of ’60s Brit-pop. Not to discount the influence of the latter on the Ropers; the band’s Slumberland release All the Time speaks Brit so well that it earned the honor of being one of Robert Pollard’s top 10 of 1995. Rounding out the quintuple indie-rock bill is Jad Fair’s latest project, Phono-Comb, Northern Virginia’s Giant Killer, and Iris. At 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $9. (202) 393-0930.CP