La Roux, Yes Giantess, Moneypenny | Lincoln Hall | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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La Roux, Yes Giantess, Moneypenny 

When: Mon., Feb. 1, 9 p.m. 2010
Price: Sold out; 18+.
England has always had it better than the States when it comes to electropop, and the gap is widening—the post-Lilly Allen boom of young women crafting enigmatic albums that are 80 percent dance-floor killers is apparently still in its nascence. As the androgynous antidiva and namesake of the duo La Roux—her elaborate ginger coiffure gives her a look that's somewhere between a Teddy Boy and the little burger-toting guy from the Bob's Big Boy sign—Elly Jackson has already topped the charts in the UK, and she's finally getting some traction here. La Roux's self-titled debut, licensed in the U.S. by Interscope, has earned the band comparisons to Yazoo and Bronski Beat, and they're warranted—the album strikes a similar balance between synthetic and soulful. Jackson is mouthy and looks cool, and her airy but muscular voice heaves from bratty to doleful as she unloads her burden of unrequited lust and dysfunctional do-me/I-hate-you relationship woe. Producer and cowriter Ben Langmaid, the other half of La Roux in the studio, doesn't join Jackson onstage, but she does bring backing musicians instead of just canned tracks. —Jessica Hopper

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