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When critics praise somber singer-songwriters for “lush orchestrations” and “hushed vocals,” it’s usually polite code for a snoozefest. Such is not the case with Hrishikesh Hirway, the easy-on-the-eyes Yale graduate and driving force behind the One A.M. Radio. On his latest record, 2007’s This Too Will Pass, the prep school darling blends acoustic guitar, dreamy electronic mediums, and cello, violin, and upright bass without making the audience feel like they’re on Ambien. Los Angeles seems too glam a base for such a subdued bedroom troubadour, so it makes sense that the release was crafted mostly in his parents’ Massachusetts home, with the odd trip to Mumbai. There’s nothing like a bout of globe-trotting to inspire some musical soul-searching. The One A.M Radio performs with the Lymbyc System and Montage at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $8. (202) 483-5000.