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The season’s bounciest case of denial, Poole‘s Alaska Days was recorded at home in bleak Burke, yet such songs as “Strawberry Kool-Aid Smile” and “Mary Shakes Her Hair” sound like communiqués from jangle-rock heaven. The impossibly upbeat, deliriously tuneful quartet plays with Racecar and Juicy at 10 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (MJ)