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Casiokids, He Say She Say Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Aug. 4, 9 p.m. 2009

Norway’s Casiokids make inventive, elegant old-school pop electronica that they sometimes present onstage as though it were a silent film, using shadow-puppet plays and digital light shows to say the things the music can’t. On their first full-length, 2007’s Fuck MIDI (Karisma), they rarely sang, and when they did it was of course in Norwegian—though I get the feeling that their lyrics are mostly placeholders even for people who speak the language. The album’s one song in French, “Il Fait Beau,” sounds like Eddie Izzard parodying his French teacher (“I’m the commander of the great castle . . . I want cake!”). But the tunes make you feel too irrationally cheery to begrudge them their whimsy, and the band’s live shows are allegedly a party and a half. Since late last year the Casiokids have released a string of singles via UK label Moshi Moshi, which is sending them to tour the States as part of its tenth-birthday celebration. He Say She Say opens. —Ann Sterzinger

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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