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Hercules & Love Affair, Nick Monaco, Black Madonna 

When: Fri., Oct. 3, 10 p.m. 2014
Price: $18
This New York City electronic outfit led by DJ Andy Butler seemed to appear fully formed with its 2008 self-titled debut. The album’s baroque, sleekly refined disco is devoid of cheesiness and post-Demolition Night baggage, making for some seriously alluring and effortlessly cool tracks. And those featuring the gorgeous, brassy voice of Antony & the Johnsons front man Antony Hegarty are particularly stunning, specifically the funky low-key “Raise Me Up.” Hercules & Love Affair’s recent third album, The Feast of the Broken Heart (Moshi Moshi), isn’t as immediate as that magnetic debut, in part because some songs are weighed down by busy instrumentation that’s more distracting than danceable. But a strong house beat courses through the album, supplying the energy to its best songs, among them the slinky, slightly sinister “The Light.” —Leor Galil
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