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SUNDAY

Deadsexy was to be one of 1995’s most anticipated indie-gone-major debuts. Now it’s one of 1996’s. In the interim, a brain hemorrhage nearly killed Scarce singer/guitarist Chick Graning, and A&M put the record on hold. Now that Graning has, incredibly, made a full recovery and his band has resumed touring, A&M still won’t let go. Several new songs will be added to Deadsexy (understandable given that a couple of its tunes are now at least two-and-a-half years old), and the record will be remixed and resequenced. On an advance copy of the original version, Graning’s weary rasp and anxious falsetto suck on bassist (and former local resident) Joyce Raskin’s SweeTart harmonies, while the punchy noise bites ’em for a burst of flavor. Until the final version of the record is ready, local fans will have to be satisfied with tonight’s appearance—no small comfort, since the theatrical Providence, R.I., trio’s hyperkinetic 9:30 show was one of 1994’s most spirited. Viva Satellite and The Ropers open at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. CP