Hot Chip has Devo's aesthetic down perfectly: managing to be over-the-top nerdy but undeniably hip. The English quintet fasten together the best of new wave with impeccably catchy disco to make their own sleek creature. Their breed of dance-floor dallying packs a wallop and lunges at you from many angles. For example, Made in the Dark's "Shake a Fist" starts off like a slinky electronic two-step, blending Alexis Taylor's gauzy vocals with a lonely drum machine. Then it zaps you with a Casio gone haywire and explodes into a methodical sonic overload that people will still find a way to dance to. And dance they should, because this band definitely isn't "through being cool." With Free Blood. 18+.
Fri., April 18, 8 p.m., 2008
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