The inclusion of Kimbra in the electro-centric Decibel Festival lineup is a bit puzzling: the 22-year-old New Zealander, best known as the female counterpart in Gotye's hit single "Somebody That I Used to Know," generally plays with a full live band, and her debut album, Vows, has a jazzy pop flavor. Categorizations aside, though, Kimbra is an effervescent, compelling performer with an expressive, smoky set of vocals, and her funky songs show a flair for eclecticism. The Connecticut trio the Stepkids, who released their self-titled debut late last year, will open the show. The band plays their trippy, psychedelic fusion songs against a backdrop of kaleidoscopic visual projections. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Wed., Sept. 26, 9 p.m., 2012

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