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The genius of André Allen Anjos lies in his ability to “make it new,” to quote Ezra Pound. Known as RAC (Remix Artist Collective), Anjos has gained attention in the past couple of years for his synth-y, sometimes makes-you-wanna-shout, sometimes makes-you-wanna-sigh, but mostly makes-you-wanna-dance takes on indie and alternative tunes that are often popular in their own rite. Fans of Phoenix will appreciate his quicker-tempo “Armistice,” with a chorus preceded by Phil Collins-esque drum beats and punctuated by sliding scales on the synthesizer; in RAC’s retelling, Tegan & Sara’s already angsty “Back in Your Head” sounds like quadruplets rocking out rather than twins. They aren’t the only groups whom Anjos’ creative, prog-influenced flair has touched: Remixes on his first solo album, Strangers, include songs by Kele, Tokyo Police Club, Foster the People, Penguin Prison, and St. Lucia (the album has two parts for twice the beats). If the latest season of Girls is any indication, Anjos is flirting with mainstream appeal: His collaboration with Katie Herzig, “We Belong,” aptly accompanied Hannah Horvath’s return to New York after a failed stint at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Here’s hoping he doesn’t burn out in a similar fashion. RAC performs with Big Data, Filous, and Pink Feathers at 7 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $35. (202) 265-0930. 930.com.