There’s something about male/female music duos—White Stripes, the Kills, Crystal Castles, the Spinanes (remember them?!), Captain and Tenille—that just gets our goose. We love them: the sexual undercurrent (or lack there of), the simplicity of lineup, the Muskrat Love. Lucky for us, four male/female duos make their way to Philly over the weekend. Here, we pit them against one another to figure out which duo deserves your dollars.
Who: Male/female electro-rock duo (+2)
From: Brooklyn (-2)
What: Former schoolteacher Alexis Krauss (+1) teams up with former hardcore guitarist (+1) Derek Miller of Florida’s Poison the Well, and set amps on 11.
Claim to fame: Mind-crushing, ear-bleeding album Treats (+1) declared “Best New Music” on Pitchfork (-1). Signed to MIA’s label N.E.E.T. (+1).
Cynics might say: Their meteoric rise to the top of the indie heap suggests no one will remember them this time next year (or, hell, even next month) (-2).
Where: Sun., July 4, 4pm. $10-$12. Bamboo Bar, 927 N. Delaware Ave. 215.931.0101. bamboobarphilly.com
Final score: +1
Who: Male/Female new wave/disco duo (+2)
From: Portland, Ore. (+1)
What: Former titty dancer Ida No and former member of guitar-centric band Paloma, Johnny Jewel (known as John Padgett in his Paloma days) make beautiful, danceable noise together (+1).
Claim to fame: Johnny Jewel’s Italians Do It Better is a can’t-miss boutique label worth collecting (+1). Ida No named one of “Sexiest Women in Indie Rock” by Playboy (-1).
Cynics might say: Glass Candy started as an artier, much less dance-leaning Glass Candy and the Shattered Theater, and has since gone through several lineup and genre changes, finally settling on a sound based in disco, otherwise known as “music white people feel safe dancing to” (-2).
Where: Opening for Sleigh Bells
Final score: +2
Who: Male/female keyboard pop duo (+2)
In Memoriam: Lou Reed