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Occupying the territory between Beatlesque and Bandwagonesque, Fountains of Wayne are a blessed haven for dissonance refugees who want to feel at least somewhat up to date. The brainchild of Adam Schlesinger, who wrote “That Thing You Do!” (the most insidious Fab Four hommage since the Friends theme), the Fountains graft ’90s trappings onto a classic pop sensibility with results that, while generally lightweight, range from hummable to gorgeous. On their eponymous debut, “I’ve Got a Flair” is pure Teenage Fanclub (even including the languid Scots’ trademark “Oh, yeah” chorus), catchy but lacking Fanclub’s lazy charm. “Radiation Vibe,” though, is just sublime, the kind of song that demands to be driven around with the windows down, with a chorus harmony so addictive it can make a fool out of a very amateur vocalist (ahem). Opener Sloan, on the other hand, spans only the gap between Revolver and the White Album; on the group’s new disc, One Chord to Another, “Anyone Who’s Anyone” is a perfect (albeit somewhat annoying) blend of “Got to Get You Into My Life” and “Tomorrow Never Knows,” while “A Side Wins” actually includes a rare Ringo drumroll imitation. It’s risky predicting how these bands’ brands of pure pop will come off live; Fountains of Wayne in particular may seem like a studio project on holiday. Still, it’ll be worth finding out, at 7:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $10. (202) 393-0930. (James Lochart)