Little Dragon

When it comes to inventive pop music, no country's got the goods quite like Sweden, and one of their brightest offerings is the dreamy electronic collective Little Dragon, who comes to Seattle this week for the first time. Frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, of Japanese-Swedish-American descent, last came to town as a supporting vocalist for fellow Swede Jose Gonzalez, and sings with a transfixing, ragged delicacy on Machine Dreams, the band's sophomore release. Creating its own sonic micro-universe between the electro-punch of The Knife and the rich introspection of Gonzalez, Little Dragon's compositions are ambient jewels rooted in folk and jazz, wrangled by a drum machine, and dusted with an unmistakeable Nordic fancy. With Thee Satisfaction, DJ Topspin. HOLLIS WONG-WEAR

Tue., Nov. 10, 9 p.m., 2009

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