Must-see show tonight: Swedish electro foursome Little Dragon at Crowbar

Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano has a haunting voice similar to Lykki Li (featured on many PB&J songs). Tampa is fortunate to catch the band fresh from a sold-out show at SXSW and just before they take the stage at Coachella (with the strong possibility of an appearance with headliners Gorillaz). Their dreamy, detailed music has atmospheric and nearly hypnotic overtones; but this is not electronica designed for dancing. Dance you will, however, if you don’t miss the show tonight. Little Dragon with Joint Custody, 9 p.m., Crowbar, Ybor City, $10 (ages 18 and up)/

If you haven’t noticed, Swedish electronica is everywhere these days: Peter Bjorn and John, Röyksopp, Koop, The Knife, and Fever Ray are getting bombed with critical love from all the major music sites. The newest addition to the craze is Little Dragon, and if you’re not familiar with them now – you will be soon.

Little Dragon was recently featured on two songs off the new Gorillaz album, Plastic Beach; the track “Empire Ants” in particular drawing the attention of Gorillaz fans to Little Dragon and their catchy electronic /soul/ pop. The song “Twice” was also featured on a recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I know some of you may question my indie cred for giving props to Grey’s, but its music selection is integral to the show; each episode actually named after one of the featured songs.  Grey’s Anatomy soundtracks and weekly episode recaps introduced artists like Tegan and Sara, The Postal Service, Rilo Kiley, The Fray, and Snow Patrol to new audiences and gave these artists a shot at mass appreciation.


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