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Lemonade, Le1f, New Canyons Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., June 8, 10 p.m. 2012

Lemonade began in the late aughts as a San Francisco-based dance-music act with an affinity for groups like Liquid Liquid, who brought tropical rhythms and art-damaged energy to New York's postdisco club scene in the 80s. Since then the trio has relocated to Brooklyn and evolved into something a little more, well, Brooklynesque—the music retains much of its previous focus on syncopated beats, but it plays up its pop side and puts Callan Clendenin's vocals front and center. Their brand-new album, Diver (True Panther), is powered by twitchily propulsive drum programming that brings to mind 90s R&B—and more specifically the British R&B offshoot called two-step—but Clendenin's airy, reverb-drenched tenor and the preponderance of 80s synth sounds keep making me think of Culture Club. —Miles Raymer Le1f and New Canyons open.

Price: $10, $8 in advance

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