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The last time Dave Alvin played D.C., his appearance followed the deaths of local virtuoso guitarist Danny Gatton and former Alvin bandmate Lee Allen. This time around, Alvin and brother Phil perform under happier circumstances; they’ve reunited their erstwhile band, the Blasters, and they’re poised to recreate the mix of rockabilly, blues, and country that established the band as the flagship of L.A. cowpunk. At 8 p.m. at the Birchmere, 3901 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $15. (703) 549-5919. (Ben Buja)