When: Fri., Aug. 9, 9 p.m. 2013
Amid the proliferation of male-female disco-synth duos, Portland’s Glass Candy has two distinct advantages: experience and vocalist Ida No. No and Johnny Jewel, a member of the band Chromatics and owner of the label Italians Do It Better, formed Glass Candy in 1996 with the intention of bringing an experimental edge to dance music. No’s sexy, Debbie Harry-style vocals lend the music a New Wave sound, while Jewel tinkers with guitar, synths, and drums to create minimal, European disco with the dark texture of post-punk. Even Glass Candy’s most danceable songs, such as “Life After Sundown” off its 2007 album B/E/A/T/B/O/X, carry an eerie, ominous tone — similar to The Knife, but less abrasive. In live shows, No shifts from breathy and romantic to aggressive yelping. Catch the duo at Mezzanine (444 Jessie St., San Francisco) to hear material from its forthcoming album, Body Night, set to be released this year. With Omar Perez, Stanley Frank, and Bus Station John.