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Niki & the Dove, Vacationer 

When: Thu., Jan. 24, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $13
Sometimes the usually astute Sub Pop makes decisions that make you scratch your head—and not in a good way. For example, signing Swedish duo Niki and the Dove. If you wrinkled your nose at CocoRosie getting a deal with Jonathan Poneman's company, you may shake your noggin senseless at the secretary-friendly Niki and the Dove (vocalist Malin Dahlström and keyboardist Gustaf Karlöf), who make Zola Jesus sound like Diamanda Galás. On their self-titled debut album, Niki and the Dove make that antiseptic, blandly cute electro pop at which Scandinavians often excel. The best way for Sub Pop to atone for this gaffe would be to issue a Love Battery box set with a bonus disc of previously unreleased gems. DAVE SEGAL

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