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Brazilian Girls

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The fun part of this deceptively named New York band--only one member is female, and none are Brazilian--is centerpiece Sabina Sciubba, who plays up her femme fatale image by dressing like a runway model and singing with a Euro-toned sangfroid that's particularly hard and frosty. On its second album, Talk to La Bomb (Verve Forecast), the group downplays its easy way with hooks by adding new-wave rhythmic jitters and anxious synths, offsetting moments of dreamy ethereality and soft dub by yanking the songs into more tense environments. Sciubba's lyrics flutter with a romanticism that for the most part her voice hardly indicates--her delivery is usually devoid of sweetness, no matter which of her five languages she's using--but when the band gives in and gets pretty she mutters along quite torchily. The Prairie Cartel opens. a Midnight, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, $16, 18+.

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