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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)