There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Forget Oasis—the closet Britpop is coming to stateside salvation this year is Robert Pollard, and he’s from Dayton. The Guided by Voices frontman marries obscure prog-rock lyrics to irresistible British Invasion melodies, then sings them with a fake English accent. Live, he models himself after The Who—swinging his mike like Daltrey, leaping about like Townshend, impairing himself like Moon—and still delivers a terrific set. At Roseland last month, GBV expanded its recorded fragments into full-blown songs and demonstrated what savvy indiephiles have long known—lo-fi isn’t about being ragged, it’s about being good enough that you can get away with anything. Chavez opens at 9:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $7. (202) 667-7960. (Glenn Dixon)