Little Boots

Victoria Hesketh tried the flute, jazz and classical singing before settling on an electro-pop career under the stage name Little Boots. Hesketh is something like a shinier version of fellow British pop star Lily Allen. Both are equipped with a feisty sort of appeal, but where Allen is notoriously rowdy, vulgar and brawling, Hesketh is all cool glamour and sparkly sheen. Little Boots’ debut record, Hands, already a huge hit in the UK, saw its US release this month and was produced by Greg Kurstin, who’s engineered the disco-glam sounds of everything from Kylie Minogue to Rilo Kiley’s Under the Blacklight. It makes sense, then, that Hands is a steady stream of hook-heavy melodies, shivering vocals and Hesketh doing some serious jamming on the keys and the Tenori-on, a Japanese-made electronic instrument that looks like an LED Lite Brite. That’s fitting, since Little Boots’ polished image is all about the flash, the dazzle and the lights. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., March 6, 8 p.m., 2010

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