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When: Sat., April 6, 9 p.m. 2013

Chicago electronic-pop duo Houses broke out in 2010 on the strength of just two hazy, hypnotic songs, and their full-length debut, the airy and ambient All Night, is basically the musical equivalent of crawling into a cozy blanket fort with your special someone. Since then Houses—aka Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina—have moved to LA, signed with Downtown (also home to Gnarls Barkley, Miike Snow, and tonight’s headliners, Cold War Kids), and made a second album, A Quiet Darkness, due April 16. The new record, whose eclectic pop recalls Tortoriello’s solo project Dawn Golden & Rosy Cross, submits Houses’ atmospheric sound ever so slightly to the pull of gravity—the echo-treated drums and finger snaps are weightier than the percussion on All Night, for instance. Here and there a rapidly ascending synth pattern reminds me of the soundtrack to Super Mario World, but overall A Quiet Darkness has a dramatic aura, thanks to its orchestral-sounding guitar feedback and strikingly melancholy songs such as “Tenderly” and “The Beauty Surrounds.” —Leor Galil

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