If you took a hot air balloon and covered it in spun sugar and candy sprinkles, would it still be able to carry you and your favorite stuffed animal to Oz? Or would it instead transport you to Planet Mika, an even more fantastical place where a wide-eyed Brit with Freddie Mercury's voice invites you to ride down a rainbow slide? The Technicolor aerobics-pop soundtrack for your adventures there will be 2007's Life in Cartoon Motion, a joyous record that the grumpy grownups at Pitchfork rated an extremely hostile 1.5. Well, not everyone can get to Planet Mika with an air-filled balloon—some may need nitrous. All ages.
Wed., Feb. 6, 6 p.m., 2008