Sex with Strangers

Anyone who ventures into the Comet tonight should come equipped with dancing shoes and a healthy acceptance of the inevitable spilled beverages that will ensue. Scraps are charming, lo-fi pop fetishist with a great sense of angular acrobatics and sly humor that recalls the approach of the Intelligence’s Lars Finberg, and synth-punks Partman Parthorse have a well-deserved reputation for gleefully unhinged shows, thanks in large part to the limber and confrontational antics of frontman Gary Smith. However, the biggest draw here is Vancouver, B.C.’s Sex With Strangers. Frontman Hatch Benedict is a mesmerizing figure that somehow evokes both Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington and Morrissey, especially when wrapping his distinct falsetto around “New City Anthem”, the stunning and infectious dance floor anthem from their new album, The Tokyo Steel. HANNAH LEVIN

Fri., Jan. 29, 9 p.m., 2010

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