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Its instrumentation and production are occasionally too “quiet storm” slick, but former Arrested Development vocalist Dionne Farris’ solo debut Wild Seed-Wild Flower is largely successful at surmounting the narrow confines of commercial R&B and hiphop. Using guitar, bass, and keyboards rather than programmed beats, Flower‘s most effective numbers, including the VH-1 single “I Know,” augment the singer’s soulful, bluesy phrasing and introspective lyrics with pop hooks and a transcendent rhythmic underpinning. With David Harris, who collaborated with Farris on the disc, at 10:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $5. (202) 393-0930. (Steve Kiviat)