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“The sound we’re going for is like Sly and the Family Stone if that were an alternative band,” says Arthur Noll of his band, Six Foot Seven. On its eponymous debut, the Arlington ensemble’s lofty aural aspirations are fulfilled. Take “Midnight Woman”: Billups Allen’s congas and lead guitarist Brian Balestrieri’s heavily wah-wahed riffs give the verse a retro touch, while Brade Byers’ howls of pain during the chorus should find an audience among ’90s flannel-bearers. Though not all the band’s influences are so Sly, a similar something-old-something-new amalgam is palpable throughout Six Foot Seven, which was independently produced and recorded at Wave Castle Studios in Hillsborough, N.C. Upcoming Six Foot Seven gigs include June 15 and June 21 dates at KramerBooks, and a June 30 show at the 9:30 Club. For more information about the band, write to 919 N. Edgewood St., Arlington, VA 22201.