Movits!

One of the more unlikely groups to ever drum up a cult following in the States, Movits! hail from a sub-arctic city in northern Sweden, rap and sing in their native language, and fuse Benny Goodman-style swing with acoustic hip-hop. Though it seems odd on paper, the band's appeal lies in the quirky catchiness and international zest of their songs. Lo and behold, that ticklish combination caught the ear of Stephen Colbert, who invited the band on his show last July. A digital release of the debut album Äppelknyckarjazz followed on Comedy Central’s label arm, peaking at #2 on the iTunes hip-hop chart. Decked out in suspenders and bowties, the dapper Swedes are now touring behind the horn-hooked single “Ta På Dig Dansskorna,” a worthy successor to their breakout “Fel Del Av Gården.” In the wake of such fluke exposure and YouTube-aided ascendance, anything is possible from here. DOUG WALLEN

Tue., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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