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This goofy disco-pop act seems likely to follow Under Byen as the next outre Scandi-rock band to make a splash in the States. Touted at home by their friend and avid fan Annie, the Norwegian duo of Fredrik Saroea and Ket-Ill debuted with one of my favorite albums of 2005, the wacky, catchy, and dancey Datarock Datarock (released on their own Young Aspiring Professionals imprint, it'll be reissued by Nettwerk in June). "Computer Camp Love" sets call-and-response vocals that riff on "Summer Nights" (you know, from Grease) in nearly fluent English to a throbbing electro backbeat: "I ran into her on computer camp / (Was that in '84?) / Not sure, I had my Commodore 64, had to score . . . / (Does she have a penis?) / Seen as supremus, you better know she's a genus and a Venus." The next single is "I Used to Dance With My Daddy"--a tune that's as greasy as Scandinavians can get. Berg Sans Nipple, LMNOP, and Charlie Deets open. a 9 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401. F

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