Handsome Furs

At Capitol Hill Block Party this year, Handsome Furs keyboardist Alexei Perry played like there was an electric current running through

the stage, a circuit that would close if her feet ever touched the ground for more than a second. So while her husband Dan Boeckner

played guitar and sang upstage, flinging himself into the band’s Springsteenian synth pop—which is to say: dark yet hopeful, broadly anthemic—Perry spent most of the set aloft, seemingly balanced on her keyboard with one hand. At another show, they concluded their set by meeting each other center stage for a long, oblivious embrace. This is a real “Us vs. the World” sort of band, one animated by a livewire energy that demands rallying around, and as long as they’re playing, first note to farewell kiss, you feel like a part of that “Us.” With Suuns, Talkdemonic. ERIC GRANDY

Sat., Sept. 10, 8 p.m., 2011

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