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READY FOR THE FLOOR

Countless indie acts have talked up the influence of Aaliyah’s 1998 r&b hit “Are You That Somebody?” including Gossip, who have covered it (somewhat clumsily) in concert. Few, though, have summoned the song’s eerie future-soul sensuality the way Hot Chip do in “Look at Where We Are,” a mournful slow jam from this English electro-pop outfit’s latest album, In Our Heads. Hear them play it tonight at the second of two New York shows (the first is on Wednesday in Prospect Park), and be sure to arrive early for an opening set by Portland’s Italo-disco-obsessed Chromatics, whose frontman, Johnny Jewel, helped shape the cult-hit soundtrack for last year’s Drive.

Fri., July 20, 8 p.m., 2012

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Glass Candy

Long a Jersey noise and indie icon thanks to his Troubleman Unlimited Label, DJ Mike Simonetti has recently branched out into dance music, founding the Italians Do It Better label with Johnny Jewel. As Portland-based Glass Candy, Jewel and chanteuse Ida No serve as the label’s break-out band. Covers of Kate Bush and Kraftwerk reveal the group’s retro roots and, despite Simonetti’s protests, it’s hard not to see the label name as an Italo-disco reference—but their smooth sound is always uniquely their own, and ever-engaging.

Fri., July 2, 10 p.m., 2010