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In the late ’80s, as word spread of the strummy pop and arch noise emanating from a country primarily known for its sheep, indie labels began snapping up bands who had that “New Zealand sound.” Straddling the two aforementioned styles are Auckland trio Bailter Space, whose sonic overtures are tempered by its simple melodies. On its fifth and strongest album, Wammo, the group continues its brand of droney chord-change rock—characterized by songs in which the singer inevitably ends his lyric line just as the group changes to the next note. Spunk Davis and Sleepyhead open at 10 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)