The French laptop quartet DAT Politics isn't afraid of a funky beat or a little pop melody, so if you're looking for electronic abstraction, go see Oval on Saturday instead. On the band's two albums, Villiger (A-Musik) and Tracto Flirt (Tigerbeat6), cheesy hooks played on rubbery-sounding synths bounce through a minefield of ominous tones, deliberately tinny electro beats, liquefied samples, stuttering electronic glitches, ghostly hiss, and noisy decay. The group--three members of which also work together in the more sober Tone Rec--doesn't subscribe to a particularly strict aesthetic: some pieces are suspended in a murky, melancholy softness, while others strut gaudily across a shiny surface. The constant motion between these extremes is what keeps things compelling; hopefully the live set is every bit as inconsistent as the recordings. Thursday, September 21, 7 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western; 773-276-3600.