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JULY 23

Reading chickfactor is like unscrambling the Births, Deaths, and Marriages page of an Appalachian family Bible—what first seems like a cast of thousands ends up being the same few souls sinking themselves into one another time and again. Fortunately, the branch of the NYC/D.C. indiepop tree that is cf‘s domain is not only fruitful, but bears few freaks. At today’s daylong cf showcase, the harvest runs from the quite hip (Containe, pictured, featuring Versus’ Fontaine Toups) to the fairly hip (Heartworms, with Velocity Girl’s Archie Moore) to the so-unhip-it-may-be-protohip (Romania) to the hip-if-you-hold-a-gun-to-my-head (Trampoline, downgraded for an inadvisable ‘HFS connection) to the so-good-hipness-isn’t-even-an-issue (the Magnetic Fields, also appearing with guest vocalists as the Sixths). (Incest tell-alls being the vogue nowadays, I should confess that chickfactor co-editor and glo-wormer Pam Berry is Washington City Paper‘s Classifieds manager). With Chisel, Jet Star (with Bridget Cross of Unrest and Air Miami), My Pretty Finger, glo-worm, Tel Aviv, and Sabine. From 5-10:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (Glenn Dixon)