Hot Chip, the XX | Riviera Theatre | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Mon., April 19, 8 p.m. 2010

Anyone still clinging to the hoary myth that electronic dance music has no soul should spend a little time with the Hot Chip catalog. Songs like "Over and Over" and "Ready for the Floor" are every bit as tracky and repetitive as any house 12-inch, but Alexis Taylor's vocals are so loaded with emotion—on the former a delirious anxiety, on the latter a hopeful wistfulness—that I find myself struggling with whether I should go dance or sit in the corner and think deep thoughts. "Keep Quiet," the draggy, dirgey penultimate cut on the recent One Life Stand (EMI), proves that the band is best when it stays focused on making bodies move—and for most of the album it does. Highlights are "Take It In" and "I Feel Better," songs that display the group's love of cheeky genre pastiche, with digital piano riffs and synth figures seemingly lifted from early 90s club-pop superstars like Technotronik and Cathy Denis. The XX opens. Hot Chip also DJs at Smart Bar at 10 PM. —Miles Raymer

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