Niki & The Dove

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The Swedish pop duo of Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf had a breakout 2012 after Sub Pop released their debut album, Instinct, which was recently

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Niki & The Dove

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    The Swedish pop duo of Malin Dahlström and Gustaf Karlöf had a breakout 2012 after Sub Pop released their debut album, Instinct, which was recently named the recipient of a 2013 European Border Breakers Award, a prize that recognizes Europe's best new music acts and which has previously been won by the likes of Lykke Li, Mumford & Sons, and Adele. It's easy to catch on to the appeal of an act as exciting and bold as Niki & The Dove—their music is coated with a glossy, futuristic, synthesizered sheen, underneath which skulks a feral jungle aura of tribal beats and Dahlström's ecstatic vocals, calling up images of sleeping lions, soaring eagles, and the smell of violets and spruce trees in the midst of such impassioned lines as "I love the rhythm/The pounding of my heart." It's a wild, primal quality that isn't often found in electro-pop music. With Vacationer, Nightmare Fortress, DJ SH6RL6S6. ERIN K. THOMPSON

    Tue., Jan. 22, 8 p.m., 2013

     
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