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Cave In morphed from high school metalheads into Radiohead fanatics in one step. Aside from the singer’s occasional backslide into guttural Cookie Monster vocals, all that remains of the quartet’s metallic sound is the sheer heft of the rhythm section. Listening to Jupiter, you can almost hear the bassist and drummer wondering, Who got their pop in my metal-core? It’s a strange juxtaposition: guitars and synthesizers tackling arty pop with chops more suited to Metallica and Black Sabbath. Jupiter’s best tracks pit laser-sharp dual harmonies—often matched by falsetto vocals—against a taut rhythmic grind. Front guy Steve Brodsky chalks up the new sound to mature aesthetics—they’re old enough to drink, for chrissakes!—but you’re never too old for Marshall stacks, diminished chords, and pick squeals. Regardless, Jupiter may be the most unusual pop record of the year. Cave In performs with Jets to Brazil and Sergio Vega at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Brent Burton)