Tonight: Lou Barlow at the Tractor, Wang Chung at El Corazon

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Lou Barlow, with Sarah Jaffe. Tractor Tavern, 5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., 789-3599. 8 p.m. $14. Oftentimes, artifacts from your past--old love-letters, clothes you wore, etc.--can make you shudder. Imagine what it's like having much of your history available on record, like Lou Barlow. For the past few years, Barlow has been re-examining his public history, from re-forming Dinosaur Jr. to overseeing reissues of Sebadoh's back catalog. The process must have been inspirational, because the songs on his most recent solo release, Goodnight Unknown, shuffle like early Sebadoh, crunch like Dinosaur, jitter like Folk Implosion, and nestle gently in the hollow belly of acoustic sounds a la Emoh. Like everything Barlow creates half-alone, it's warm, melodic and lyrically introspective. BRIAN BARR

Click here to listen to "Losercore" from this year's Sentridoh III EP

Wang Chung, with Love Vigilantes. El Corazon, 109 Eastlake Ave. E., 381-3094. 8 p.m. $25. All ages. The other day I watched To Live and Die In L.A. - the 1985 thriller starring William Petersen as a Secret Service agent and Willem Dafoe as the creepy counterfeiter he's trying to take down. It was totally garish and dated, but also entertaining in that retro-nostalgic kind of way. The same goes for Wang Chung - the British New Wave/pop band that provided the theme song to the movie and had a few other notable hits in the '80s. Like many groups from that era, Wang Chung has broken up and reunited a few times and even crafted some new songs, though everyone really only wants to hear "Everybody Have Fun Tonight." MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

 
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