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Sleater-Kinney (named after a road in its hometown of Olympia, Wa.) consists of three persistent young ladies who know how to rock and aren’t afraid to show it. With their roots in the heyday of the early-’90s riot-grrrl revolution (Corin Tucker played in Heavens to Betsy), the trio harnesses the fiery intent of the earlier movement but tempers it with melodic, driving pop riffs. Last year’s Dig Me Out found Sleater-Kinney at its most impassioned, with biting songs riveted on loneliness, displacement, and crushes gone sour. They’re due back at the studio in May, so the next installment shouldn’t be too far off. Helium (which, due to the recent and sad demise of Polvo, can now claim the full attention of bassist Ash Bowie) opens with Come at 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $8. (202) 667-7960. (AD)