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When: Wed., Dec. 3, 9 p.m. 2014

Prolific French electronic composer David Grellier, who operates under the alias College and founded the Valerie Collective (a posse of like-minded electro musicians with a penchant for 80s imagery and ephemera), found notoriety outside his scene in 2011 when his collaborative track with synth-pop duo Electric Youth, “A Real Hero,” appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s stylish noir film Drive. A watery haze of washed-out vocals and minimal synth that’s as slick as Ryan Gosling’s scorpion-embroidered satin jacket, the song attracted loyal fans just as the movie did—they both seethe and bristle, never reaching a resolution but never testing an audience’s patience, and they’re both crystalline and cool, with a dark undertone that makes danger seem glamorous. College’s catalog is much the same: sparse and eerie, with the otherworldly splendor of the score to an 80s fantasy flick and chugging beats that sound excavated from subterranean mines. The cover of Grellier’s most recent full-length, Heritage (Valerie), pairs an ominously glowing, cloudy horizon with a font straight out of The Neverending Story. —Kevin Warwick

Price: $12, $10 in advance

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