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When: Thu., Nov. 10, 8 p.m. 2016

Even if you think you’ve never heard Lemaitre, chances are you’ve heard Lemaitre. The Norwegian electronica duo’s songs have soundtracked a couple of Facebook create-your-own-memories videos. And while social-media Muzak doesn’t exactly sound like an appealing genre, Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou Lund make it work: the fractured, jazzy piano intro on “Cut to Black” (one of those Facebook jingles) is virtuosic and catchy enough to please Chick Corea, and “Closer,” off their 1749 EP (Astralwerks), winks at the opening of “Good Vibrations” as guest vocalist Jennie A mouths a breathy “I . . .” before the song turns into a horn-sampling, bottom-heavy strut. “Last Night on Earth,” from the new Afterglow (Astralwerks), is an anthemic big-emotion-on-cue number that gets mildly derailed by bouncing glottal noises before it scurries back toward ecstasy. “We are stupid / We are sad / We are horrible / But not bad,” the duo declare, playing to their tacky side while also showing off their craftsmanship. If you think Abba-like, sugary, ingratiating 21st-century dance pop is horrible, then, yes, Lemaitre is horrible. The band is good enough at it, though, that even skeptics are likely to find themselves humming along to the hooks days later.

Noah Berlatsky

Price: $20, $15.50 in advance

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