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With the same format as and better material than Veruca Salt, Fuzzy should have broken through last year; it’s not clear if it was the lack of major-label support or of ’70s-hard-rock posturing that held back the Boston quartet. Another Bay Area neo-hardcore quartet, Engine 88, plays music so spare and folksy that it almost sounds like roots-rock, albeit more appealing. Both bands open for local cute-punkers Tuscadero at 10:15 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Mark Jenkins)