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Is R.E.M. really a Southern-rock band? Absolutely, Seven Mary Three reveals. This barely post-boogie Florida quartet’s American Standard demonstrates what Stipe and Co.’s early murmurings might have sounded like without the Soft Boys’ guitar riffs and Mitch Easter tape loops. With the Gufs at 10 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $8. (202) 393-0930. (MJ)