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In 1997, Stephen Malkmus wondered: “What about the voice of Geddy Lee/ How did it get so high?/ I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?” And so Pavement weighed in Dr. Demento–style on Rush. It’s one thing to release a novelty song—hell, Lee did it with his McKenzie Brothers collaboration “Take Off”…or was it “By-Tor and the Snow Dog” from Fly by Night? Anyway, it’s quite a-fucking-nother thing to make the titan band of sci-fi power-prog the butt of a jokey jingle. But, because the ’90s are long gone, Pavement will no doubt find itself on the receiving end of such smugness soon enough. As for Malkmus’ query about Lee’s inside voice, I discovered the answer on 2003’s way-more-enjoyable-than-it-should-be Rush in Rio DVD. You, on the other hand, will be treated to the pitch that only dogs can hear when the band plays at 7:30 p.m. at Nissan Pavilion, 7800 Cellar Door Drive, Bristow. $27.50–$85. (202) 397-7328. (David Dunlap Jr.)