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Everything but the Girl reveals that soft-rock melancholy can be other than ersatz. On Amplified Heart‘s lead track, Tracey Thorn’s voice is as tender as one could want, but Ben Watt’s lyrics are tough-minded enough to recognize that, for someone so introspective, life—metaphorically—is not a roller coaster but the image of one, and that the seat of affection—unmetaphorically—isn’t the heart but the head. With Mark Eitzel, whose American Music Club also plays at tough-and-tender, but with more beat in both word and tune. At 8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theater, 1215 U St. NW. $24.50-29.50. (202) 328-6000. (Glenn Dixon)