El Vez, the “Mexican Elvis,” is probably the most famous high-concept Elvis impersonator around, and he’s definitely the one with the most impressive place in underground music history. Watch the seminal Los Angeles punk documentary The Decline of Western Civilization, and you’ll see him in his pre-Presleyian incarnation as Robert Lopez, member of attitudinal synth-punk act Catholic Discipline. Dig deeper into punk history, and you’ll find he’s a founding member of the Zeros. In the years since Lopez took on the El Vez persona, he’s brought a punk mind-set to the world of Kingly simulacra: His larger-than-life, kitsch-meets-critique act employs sneers and pelvic thrusts that once left parents petrified in the service of more meaningful commentary. Rewriting Presley’s classic “Suspicious Minds” as a scathing attack on immigration policy in “Immigration Time,” he raises questions about race that surely never graced Graceland. EL VEZ PERFORMS WITH HUMAN HANDS AT 9 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NEW. $15. (202) 667-4490. —-Matthew A. Stern