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It’s a minor crime that the first hit on a YouTube search for “9353” is a video of a Norfolk Southern train passing through Wabash, Ind. Surely there’s someone out there with footage of the stunning ’80s shows by the D.C. band of the same name. Maybe even singer Bruce Miles Hellington (previously known as Merkle) himself, who’s used the reconstituted band’s MySpace page to archive every flier the prodigious wheat-pasters plastered over the area during the band’s heyday, when its irony-drenched goth cabaret was a smooth tonic to anyone who thought hardcore could get a little samey. These days, Hellington has dropped the Rollie Fingers–goes-to-art-school look and more closely resembles a roadie for Widespread Panic, but until the day facial hair determines destiny (a day Michael McDonald freaking pines for), it’s safe to predict that 9353 will still hit like a freight train blasting through the Indiana night. 9353 performs with King Giant and Rustbuckit at 9:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $12. (202) 393-0930.