Despite stunted lyrics like “No time to say you’re sorry/Once was dumb, but twice was retarded,” the Meices latest CD, slated for January release, displays plenty of musical growth. Building on Tastes Like Chicken‘s simple, catchy poundings, Dirty Bird adds sophisticated guitar stylings. Hopefully, the San Francisco trio will unveil live versions of some of Bird‘s fresh tracks (even if the horn section can’t come along) when it and the Cows open for rockabilly daddy Reverend Horton Heat at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $15. (202) 393-0930. (Maria Ware)