Fujiya & Miyagi

When Fujiya & Miyagi emerged in the mid '00s, they seemed, along with bands like Hot Chip, to be part of a minor wave of stiffly funky British music nerds, mixing up cold motorik grooves, electro-pop playfulness, and the sort of self-aware awkwardness that gets BBC comedies re-made in America. But while Hot Chip evolved and enlarged their sound through house and indie rock, Fujiya & Miyagi have largely stuck to their winking minimalist guns, right on through to last year's Ventriloquizzing, another predictably taut and deadpan batch of lockgroove funk. It can get to be a bit too much of a single good idea, but the band still shines in the live setting, where their precise rhythms demand a extreme control and musicianship, and where frontman David Best's understated delivery packs a fun, subtle punch. ERIC GRANDY

Fri., Jan. 27, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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