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Borrowing songs from no less than John Cale and the Pretty Things—whose “S.F. Sorrow” opens the band’s latest album—SF Seals craft pleasant semi-acoustic rock that only occasionally flirts with preciousness. Barbara Manning’s songs and singing are fine, as are the violins and cellos and Melanie Clarin’s drumming (when it’s audible, that is). Opening is D.C. neopsychedelicist Lida Husik, who has dreamy songs and earthy anecdotes and is entertaining even when she doesn’t strike a reasonable balance between the two. At 9:15 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $6. (202) 667-7960. (MJ)