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The Black Cat hosted a showcase of three indie rock bands from the I-95 corridor Friday night.

Foul Swoops played a brief, well-received set to a scattered audience. Everything I heard from the Arlington trio was solid, so let’s hope they have more in the pipeline like their recently-released new song “Good Looks,” because I wanted more after 16 minutes.

Room Runner

Baltimore’s Roomrunner has filled the niche as the region’s premium skuzzy, no-fucking-around, Sonic Youth-inspired modern rock band. Nevertheless, while the music sounded right, their vocals sounded too murky, too weak.

Parquet Courts

Brooklyn’s Parquet Courts sounded mediocre Friday night. The quartet started off strong, dipping into hits off their buzzed-about debut album Light Up Gold, including the clever “Borrowed Time” and “Stoned and Starving.” But then things fell apart, and their talk-singing reached peak annoyance. I also ask, does civilization need a 15-minute instrumental Parquet Courts jam? They did not play an encore.

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