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Dax Riggs may have ditched his devilish psych-metal band, Acid Bath, but the hellhounds are still very much on his trail. Riggs’ solo work evokes the shattered spookiness of Roky Erickson with a crossroads-crazed sound that’s appropriately anguished. One look at the dude’s MySpace page reveals where his head’s at: Riggs’ top friends include long-deceased occultists Aleister Crowley and Austin Osman Spare, as well as still-living shrieker Diamanda Galas. His latest release, We Sing of Only Blood or Love, is the kind of record Marilyn Manson wishes he could create, full of curdled swagger and melodic muscle. And there aren’t even any stolen New Wave riffs. But Riggs is hardly a Hot Topic goth, and it’s tough to imagine his music taking off among the Misfits lunchbox set. Tattooed oldsters, on the other hand, may find him to be exactly their cup o’ blood. Riggs performs with My Life on Hold at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $12. (202) 483-5000. —-Casey Rae-Hunter