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Photos: Superchunk @ 9:30 Club

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"The gentleman back there is requesting rock music," said Superchunk's Mac McCaughan to Jim Wilbur last night at the 9:30 Club. "I think we can fulfill that."

Superchunk recently dropped I Hate Music, its first release in three years, and the typically lively band seemed especially energetic last night—despite the lack of bassist Laura Ballance, who stayed off the road for health reasons. By the time McCaughan and the guys kicked off an encore of "Sneakers" by D.C.'s Teen Idles, "100,000 Fireflies" by The Magnetic Fields, and their own "Precision Auto," the 9:30 Club had transformed into a hyperactive collective of head-bobbing and pogoing.

See photos from the show in the gallery.

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