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Class Actress
Elizabeth Harper’s pop act (now thankfully anchored by a live rhythm section) does sleek, decadent Depeche Mode noir. The dusk-lit keyboard lines are paired with Harper’s airy sigh, which devastates by communicating a specifically feminine strain of disappointment.
(Kanine Records & Terrorbird Media showcase, 6/14 at Knitting Factory)

We were going to put them under psych-pop, but—holy shit—we just figured out that it is possible for a band to incorporate elements of multiple styles of music at the same time. This Portland band has one of the dumbest names in the business, which is consistently offset by some the most irresistible dance hooks we’ve ever heard.
(6/17 at Warsaw)

Borrowing a few pages from Animal Collective’s playbook, Chicago’s YAWN has perfected neon-colored synth pop, preferring to chase blissful melodies with blinders on, versus detouring into their forebears’ sometimes-less-than appealing experimental meanderings.
(6/17 at Warsaw)

Niki & the Dove
A Swedish duo making futuristic pop music full of human drama, that falls somewhere between The Knife and late 70s album rock, like Kate Bush or Fleetwood Mac. Singer Malin Dahlström has a smoky, emotive voice that provides warm contrast to their occasionally icy sound.
(PopGun showcase, 6/14 at Glasslands)


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