Now leaving childhood

The lads in Hot Hot Heat, working on that media-friendly look of blank-faced earnestness.Color us stumped. The dance card on Tuesday, February 4, at Capitol Garage (1427 L Street) is a real charmer. Not only is the hard-edged, smart-pop quartet Hot Hot Heat (from Victoria, British Columbia, putatively a hotbed of occult activity) playing, but also on the bill are the Walkmen (the Jonathan Fire*Eater-offshoot from New York whose “We’ve Been Had” is currently ubiquitous in that Saturn Ion “now leaving childhood” commercial) and Moving Units. Doors open at 8 p.m.; the cover’s $8. The next night (Wednesday, February 5), the marvelous Olympia, Wash.-based tensile-pop trio Sleater-Kinney performs at the Colonial Theatre (3520 Stockton Boulevard), with Akron, Ohio-based primitive-blues duo the Black Keys opening. That show’s at 8 p.m. Tickets are $14, and you can get them at The Beat. Which show? Hey, why not both?