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Bowery Ballroom; Mon 2

Oh, the record-store clerks must have fun with this one: Where to file a Fuck Buttons record? Under techno? The Bristol, U.K., duo’s pulsing, pretty beats recall Orbital, and its new album, Tarot Sport, is produced by DJ Andrew Weatherall. File it in post-rock? Fuck Buttons’ music is instrumental—epic, even—and the band’s debut, Street Horrrsing, was produced by Mogwai’s John Cummings. Indie rock could work, since Fuck Buttons are signed to the All Tomorrow’s Parties label, or psychedelia, to judge by the duo’s press clippings. Put simply, if you like to think of your music collection as one big section marked Awesome, then Fuck Buttons should be in there.

The duo’s songs tend to start small and delicate before growing into huge, beat-driven mlanges of sound. They make dance music—in that it’s darn near impossible to not dance to Fuck Buttons’ hypnotic grooves, and the sound is mostly synthesized—but there’s a ton of heart in there too. Group member Benjamin John Power recently told an interviewer that his favorite TV show is Planet Earth, a nature documentary that matches state-of-the-art production values with a sense of wide-eyed wonder at the world—which is as good a summation of the band’s sound as any. Fuck Buttons have been playing live for as long as they’ve been making bleepy noises together, so you can expect fine things from this show; the pair stand at either end of a big table stacked with electronica and kids’ toys, rocking out. Hard to categorize, certainly—which just might explain the emphatic expletive in its name.—Sophie Harris

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