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Perhaps because Slant 6 is on PR-shy Dischord, people are only now warming to the truth—in the year of California’s putative punk revival, the D.C. trio’s Soda Pop*Rip Off sported some of the smartest, sharpest music actually deserving of the ill-applied neopunk tag. The band is somewhat uneven live—on a sloppy night they can be amusing, on a tight one, riveting. Find out which tonight will be after the Meta-Matics at 8:45 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 930 F St. NW. $5. (202) 393-0930. (Glenn Dixon)