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It speaks either to incontrovertible consistency or unswerving autopilot that Ratatat, on fourth LP LP4 (XL), sounds almost exactly as it did on 2008's LP3, 2006's "LP2" (aka Classics) and 2004's "LP1." Both arguments have equal merit, so it really comes down to this: Does what Evan Mast and Mike Stroud do well — the only thing they've ever done, emit high-wattage electronic dance rock out of a low-voltage, guitars/keys/laptops setup — move you? There's an air of daring safety to the New York duo's June album, much of which was recorded alongside LP3 and very much sounds like it, following that record's synths-as-lyrics directive while adding an ephemeral string section, processed vocal effects as secondary rhythm, snippets of dialogue from Werner Herzog and Terrence Malick films for atmosphere, and even more live percussive elements. That last addition, particularly on standout tracks "Bob Gandhi" and "Party With Children," proves most characteristic; the former's tribal drum circles and didgeridoo-like bass hum and the latter's trashcan-tapped harpsichord bridge breathe analog life into an often sterile work environment. Elsewhere, it's more of the same: low-flying synthesizers and guitars dropping a blitzkrieg of trilled atomic hooks over slowly decaying aftershocks. Which, for fans of the band, should be more than enough. Dom and Bobby Birdman open. Tickets $20, $10 students. — Noah Bonaparte Pais

Sept. 30

Ratatat with Dom and Bobby Birdman

8 p.m. Thursday

Tulane University, McAlister Auditorium, 6823 St. Charles Ave., 865-6196; www.mcalister.tulane.edu

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