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Cut Loose with Body Language and AVAN LAVA Tonight

August 1st, 2013

With a healthy dose of coed harmonies and funky synth sounds, Body Language—vocalist Angelica Bess, drummer Ian Chang and DJsvocalists Grant Wheeler and Matthew Young—make R&B-tinged dance pop in the vein of Chromeo and Dirty Projectors. Their first EP, Speaks, came out in 2009, and that same year they opened for Passion Pit at The Bowery Ballroom. Two years later, the Brooklyn quartet released their first LP, Social Studies (stream it below), about which NPR said: “With its diverse mix of up-tempo dance beats, pop hooks and soulfully funky vocals, Social Studies has something for just about everyone, provided they don’t feel like sitting still.” Body Language (above, the video for their new single, “Well Absolutely”) have another full-length, Grammar, due in September.

Five years ago, while performing with Fischerspooner in Brazil, producers-multi-instrumentalists Le Chev and Ian Pai bonded over their shared love of Daft Punk, electronic music, Prince and R&B. And when the two met singer TC Hennes in New York City a few months later, they knew they were on their way to launching the indie dance group AVAN LAVA. The trio recorded a pair of EPs, including last year’s Flex Fantasy (stream it below), but when performing live, they team up with multi-instrumentalists-vocalists-dancers Drew Citron and Lo Lampert and percussionist Andrew Schneider. And for AVAN LAVA (above, doing “It’s Never Over”), when playing live it’s all about getting people moving, which, along with Body Language, they will do tonight at The Bowery Ballroom.