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There isn’t a more willful collection of pop this year than His Name Is Alive’s Stars on E.S.P. Led by cracked genius Warren Defever, HNIA has shuffled off its This Mortal Coil-ness for the guise of ’60s bubblegummists with access to ’90s cut-and-paste technology. Breathy female vocals still figure in Defever’s layered mix, but so do a dub mentality and the spirits of Brian Wilson and George Martin. In fact, “Universal Frequencies,” is such a direct hommage to “Good Vibrations” that royalties are surely coming Wilson’s way (though Mike Love will undoubtedly try to muscle in on the action). HNIA opens for Red House Painters, whose intimate, nakedly emotional recordings are left behind at their live shows in favor of full-frontal rocking. At 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960. (Christopher Porter)