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As far as guitar effects go, there is perhaps no device more lame or useless than the “sitar” pedal. With sound options limited to a single brand of faux-Eastern twang, one can do little more with this stomp box than set the dials to “’60s kitsch” and hope for the best. Despite the bad reputation, however, Joggers guitarist and vocalist Ben Whitesides must have sensed a deeper potential here. On “Ziggurat Traffic,” the opening track on the group’s sophomore record, Whitesides rewrites the book for aspiring sitar-guitarists. Here, blazing postpunk licks are plugged into Zeppelinesque swagger to produce the most solid fake-Indian riffage since “Kashmir.” Brace yourself for the post-Shankar onslaught when the Joggers perform with Georgie James at 9 p.m. at the Black Cat’s Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (Aaron Leitko)