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“You can get across weirder ideas within a verse/chorus format than by just being weird,” Laika vocalist Margaret Fielder told Axcess, explaining why her U.K. combo is a pop group rather than an experimental collective. While Silver Apples of the Moon, Laika’s debut, is not as avant-garde as the works of composer Morton Subotnick—from whom, via a Yeats poem, they derived the album title—it’s certainly not Paula Abdul. Mixing space rock, bass-heavy dub, techno/jungle beats, jazzy vibraphone, and sliced-and-diced sounds with Fielder’s breathy vocals, Laika proffers atmospheric, if not exactly hook-filled, mood pieces. With Lorelei at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $5. (202) 393-0930. (SK)