Niki & the Dove
Seattle Center, Seattle, WA, September 2
The Swedish sound is alive and well in electro-pop duo Niki & the Dove, but with just enough twists to keep things fresh. In their second show of Bumbershoot: Day 2, they turned the KEXP music lounge into a tiny, polite rave, shaking the basement-like dwelling with bone-rattling bass and artfully designed bleeps and blips from keyboardist Gustaf Karl÷f. Visually, the pair pulled off a Miami Vice-meets-Ke$ha rainbow of vivid accessories, white boxy jackets and tapered trousers, which added to the sweetly surreal quality of vocalist Malin Dahlstr÷m, who sounds like a kitten singing underwater most of the time.
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