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Drugstore vocalist/lyricist Isabel Monteiro sings lines like “Gonna dig myself a hole and stick my head in” with unnerving conviction. Nearly all the songs on the band’s eponymous debut find the singer in the throes of a torturous self-hatred. On “Favorite Sinner,” Monteiro sings, “Gonna tell him I was born broken”; on “Solitary Party Groover,” she chants, “I want to disappear and have no sense of time.” Drugstore’s Velvet Underground-influenced pop is embellished with lower-than-lo-fi guitars and more sighs than a teen-angst docudrama. Not surprisingly, the band is at its best when Monteiro’s heaviness is tempered by Robinson’s poppy guitar, as on the animated “Superglider.” The Rake’s Progress opens at 8 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $5. (202) 393-0930. (Tina Plottel)