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Heroic Doses might sound like techno code for something that’ll get you real out of your head, but it’s really a new incarnation of Chicago instrumental trio
5 Style. Doses continues to kick out the new funk, as practiced by those punks who overdosed on the Minutemen years ago. The group’s self-titled album for Sub Pop puts out a slippery well-packed groove that’s all wound up. Bill Dolan’s guitar leads the trio to little out-of-the-way places, where they occasionally ambush innocent bystanders, stun them with stuttering rhythm, and tie them up with R&B-derived riffs. Sometimes they just light up, mellow out, and tell them it’s all a joke. For variety there’s the ambient “Ollie Oxen Free,” the moody neo-Latin “Blank Ship,” and a rumble with the Jesus Lizard on “Crystals.” It’s so clean, controlled, and precise, however, that you can’t imagine they could dive into that dumpster and get nasty. With the Sorts and Faraquet at 10:30 p.m. at the Metro Cafe, 1522 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 518-7900. (John Dugan)