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Little Dragon 

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Swap soccer for the Saints and the Gotä for the Mississippi, and Gothenburg, Sweden becomes Scandinavia's bizarro-world New Orleans: a football-loving, seafood-scarfing port town populated by a mother lode of intriguing musicians. Gothenburg's pantheon includes pop opportunists (Ace of Base), mid-level breakouts (The Soundtrack of Our Lives), an entire metal subgenre ("melodic death") and a colorful spectrum of avoiding-the-radar electronic hybrids — a rainbow of artists that begins and ends in pots of gold, lovelorn goof Jens Lekman on one side and techno specter the Knife on the other. Like many contemporaries, the quartet Little Dragon (pictured) co-opts the bottom end of the latter, using it as a springboard for singer/songwriter Yukimi Nagano, a half-Swedish, half-Japanese seductress whose gift is weirding up the accessible R&B and dance models of yesteryear with an alluringly modern assortment of rubber-band synths and ricocheting beats. Had they appeared in 1987, "Never Never" and "Runabout," together the breathy summit of November's sophomore offering Machine Dreams (Peacefrog), might've sparked a three-way cage match between Madonna, Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul. Admission $12. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

March 16

Little Dragon

9 p.m. Tuesday

One Eyed Jacks, 615 Toulouse St., 569-8361;

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