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Reggaeton lives! Although the fast-paced Spanish-language rap genre has not had a recent single affect the English pop world like Daddy Yankee’s 2004 hit “Gasolina” did, the style remains a sonic fixture thanks to newer acts like Farruko, as well as more established groups like Puerto Rican duo Alexis y Fido. Over the last ten years, they’ve built a cultural presence thanks to the way their most ubiquitous hits have melded Alexis’ hard-edged braggadocio with Fido’s more sing-song flow over beats and melodic embellishments. With Fido sometimes producing, these guys have added dashes of mariachi and cumbia to their pounding island rhythms. Their videos have also earned them some additional attention. These guys call themselves the Kings of Perreo, the raunchy reggaeton doggy-style dance, for a reason. While 2013’s “Rompe La Cintura” featured bad boy Alexis pursuing a girl who happened to be a stripper, 2015’s more romantic “Santa de mi Devocion” employs an auto-tuned bachata influenced melody from Fido to tell the story of a schoolboy crush relationship growing up. Whether their message is sultry or sweet, the duo’s rhythmic arrangements get listeners moving. Alexis y Fido perform at 8:30 p.m. at Cococabana, 2031-A University Blvd., Hyattsville. $25–$60. (301) 431-1882. clubcococabana.com.