Dean and Britta

Romantic Euro-pop from a couple and a chanteuse

Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, who write dreamy pop albums together under their first names, would be a modern-day Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. But rather than evoking that musical couple’s “cowboy psychedelia,” Dean and Britta have continued in much the same vein as their band Luna, which broke up in 2005, though they do play with ‘60s pop influences and symbolism (and cover Hazlewood on last year’s Back Numbers). Big fans of Blow-Up director Michelangelo Antonioni, they’ve sent him up repeatedly, while covering Donovan and the Velvet Underground (and scoring films like The Squid and the Whale). Their unique compositions, though, are as hazily romantic as pre-Britta Luna releases like Bewitched and Penthouse, both considered two of the best pop albums of the ‘90s. Tonight the duo follows Keren Ann, a young French vocalist who’s been somewhat overshadowed by her contemporary Charlotte Gainsbourg and the Francophile goings-on of Feist. Ann’s star should be shining more brightly in America; pairing her with Luna is a perfect move. Triple Door, 216 Union St., 838-4333, www.tripledoor.com. $20. 7 p.m. (all ages) and 10 p.m. (21 and over). RACHEL SHIMP

Fri., Feb. 15, 7 & 10 p.m., 2008

 
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