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Did you feel funny when you first saw your stockbroker brother-in-law chicken-dancing to the once-obscure White Stripes? What about when Black Keys, virtually unknown a year ago, got an opening slot on Beck’s last tour? The Immortal Lee County Killers could tell you a thing or two about being overlooked: In all the hype about back-to-roots blues-punk duos, this twosome has gotten the short end of the hickory stick—maybe because its raw sound is so, well, raw. That should change with the Killers’ latest release, Love Is a Charm of Powerful Trouble. On the record, mainstay Chetley “El Cheetah” Weise revs his guitar like a ’77 Charger with a broken muffler, leaving even his own previous riffing attempts in the dust. But the main reason for the band’s vast improvement is the changing-in of El Cheetah’s former Quadrajets bandmate, J.R.R. Token, whose drumming sounds like John Bonham’s thunder being transmitted through an antiquated Hooterville switchboard. The Killers play with the Drive-By Truckers at 8:30 p.m. on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. (DD)