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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

A three-word preview for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Nanda Collection World Tour 2014: CANDY CRUSH SAGA. The Japanese pop star’s sickeningly sweet blend of kawaii (“cute” in Japanese) and offbeat goth won the obsessive hearts of her equally quirky fans when she debuted in 2011. Imitation art poppers Lady Gaga and Katy Perry probably wish they had music impresario Yasutaka Nakata on their team. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Nakata-penned singles, like “Candy Candy” and “PonPonPon” off 2012’s Pamyu Pamyu Revolution, are exquisite, grotesque, and addictive explorations of infantilized innocence. Reviews of earlier stops on her tour allude to teddy bears, bunnies, and Muppet-like creatures making prominent appearances. It’s hope that Halloween without sexy outfits could still be an affair of strange theater — or that Miley minus twerking could still be entertaining.

Sat., March 8, 8 p.m., 2014

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Mykki Blanco

Mykki Blanco recently posted the Facebook status update, “I’m over gender. I’m into species,” and paired it with an Apple Store selfie of the rapper looking like a silver-haired elfin space magistrate. Accordingly, La Blanca has assembled a merry band of cosmic mutants for a New Year’s bash at the Gramercy Theater: Expect post-sexual singer Ian Isiah’s cyborg r&b, juke wizard DJ Rashad’s Chicago futurism, Junglepussy and Princess Nokia’s tentacled raps, and intergalactic ferocity from DJ Larry B, T.E.A.M.S., Boychild, and Michael Magnan.

Tue., Dec. 31, 8 p.m., 2013

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Shabazz Palaces

In the intro to “Borough Check” Digable Planet’s Ishmael “Butterfly/Ish” Butler and Mary Ann “Ladybug/Mecca” Vieira intone inner city spaces critical to psychic cultural survival of African Americans: “Block party, corner store, downtown, the projects, borough shots, my clique is so tight.” Nearing 10 years later, these mantras have lost a bit of their alchemy due to bulldozers, bills, and renovated brownstones. In spite of that, Ish’s latest clique, Shabazz Palaces, will Black Up in the borough’s centrifuge for the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporic Arts-sponsored Soul of Brooklyn Festival, featuring “concerts, film screenings, plays, festivals, workshops, art activations and more.” Bless. With abstract random and a THEESatisfaction DJ set.

Sat., Aug. 17, 2 p.m., 2013

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Anamanaguchi

Dripping with nostalgia for a childhood spent on the cusp between the 1980s and 1990s, you wonder whether Anamanaguchi’s members are even too young to have played the video games that spawned the NES-based sounds that they sample. Their pop punk chiptune anthems feel like they’ve been filtered through the hypersensitive eyes and ears of a toddler filled with unyielding reverence for his or her Chuckie Cheese-partying, Cartoon Network-watching older siblings. Pictureplane and Hot Sugar open for this all ages show, perfect for the post-irony generation.

Fri., May 17, 8 p.m., 2013

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Fred Falke

The BMF of the “Alan Braxe and Friends” featured in the classic french house album The Upper Cuts, Fred Falke’s most known filter art is with his other half. In addition to original work, the duo are deft remixers, accentuating a song’s strengths and turning them into epic dancefloor masterpieces (see: either of their takes on Kelis’ “Bossy”). But Falke’s original work shouldn’t be cast aside. 2008’s Music for My Friends is an intimate seaside bonfire soundtrack—the rhythm guitarist on “8:08pm at the Beach” isn’t Nile Rogers, but you still get that chic feeling.

Thu., May 2, 10 p.m., 2013

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Mavado

New Yorkers might recognize Mavado’s throat-achy posturing from 2009’s “So Special”—think Flatbush dollar vans whizzing past and discount fashion chain soundtracks (Rainbow, 4eva. Amirite, ladies?). Dancehall heads, however, have swooned for his slick style and gully rhymes since 2005. Signed to DJ Khaled’s We the Best, last year’s “Suicidal Thoughts” was his darkly mature debut on the label, suggesting the potential of Gulf Coast/Caribbean cross-pollination. Sup, Maybach Music Jamaica?

Fri., March 15, 10 p.m., 2013

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Daedelus+Salva

The Difference Engine, William Gibson and Bruce Sterling’ 1990 novel, spawned steampunk, thereby outfitting your local baristas with twirly mustaches and pocket watches. Surprisingly, it’s a delightful read regardless, envisioning a fantastical Victorian-era England where computers are invented a century early. Daedelus has been campaigning for his own spin-off since the early ‘00s: Of Snowdonia, for instance, is a classic revisioning of the invention of hip-hop by Dickensian dandies. He’s since added UK bass & juke and to his bag of doo-dads, along with his tried-and-true ear tonics of twiddle-hop, snow punk, and old-fashioned IDM. Supporters Salva, Ryan Hemsworth & Samo Sound Boy are a dance music varsity squad—this one’s a value pack.

Sat., March 2, 11 p.m., 2013

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Los Rakas

Pretty boys Raka Rich and Raka Dun of the Bay Area group Los Rakas dish out Panamanian hyphy generously topped with the duo’s molasses flow. Their most defining single, “Soy Raka,” is at least as infectious as “Vans,” but urban radio isn’t yet savvy to the potency of their bilingual afrolatinidad (see also: “Pimpin Smoking Dro” featuring E-40). Their politics are refreshingly evident but subterranean to pop dazzle. New single “Bien Ribetiao” is mostly just sexy and blunted. Hide your teenage daughters from their energetic live shows.

Thu., Feb. 7, 9 p.m., 2013

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Octo Octa

Octo Octa’s 4/4 orbits near diva house and classic Chicago house, then gently gets caught in the gravitational pull of chillwave’s gauzy atmosphere. Producer Michael Bouldry-Morrison generally snuggles in slow-burn low-fi that arches over time, but blog hit “Let Me See You” showcases his snazzier side. Their label, 100% Silk, initially issued last year’s “Rough, Rugged, and Raw” exclusively on cassette, giving Brooklynites perfect to pop into the deck on the drive to Fort Tilden.

Mon., Feb. 11, 8:30 p.m., 2013

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Teengirl Fantasy+Kelela+Laurel Halo+Fatherhood

Meandering through the unisex level of Spa Castle, terry-cloth-robed Teengirl Fantasy performs 2012’s Tracer in the glow of projected iTunes visualizations. Making art of noise, they play “EFX” backed by vocalist Kelela channeling “Un-Thinkable”. I’m ready to descend to the Women’s-only level, disrobe, and gingerly step into a stinging hot tub. Laurel Halo’s divisively natural harmonizing on “Sunlight on the Faded” ushers in cosmic relaxation. She then shifts between Quarantine and alter ego King Felix’s more uptempo tracks. A personal delusion, but this lineup inspires flights of fancy. With Fatherhood, the duo (comprised of Physical Therapy’s Daniel Fisher and House of Ladosha’s Michael Magnan) whose “hard club” tracks would definitely elevating the rooftop pool.

Thu., Feb. 14, 10 p.m., 2013