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Satellite radio seems like the perfect place for reverse payola: It wouldn’t be surprising if XM and Sirius decided to help record labels develop niche-perfect performers to populate all those finely honed playlists. Although neither service has a channel called Ice Floe, the obvious flagship act would be the dirty-blond Annie. The Norwegian singer/DJ (born Anne Lilia Berge Strand) slips right through the crack between underworked pop and memorable dance music, emerging cool, confident, and ever so slightly unattainable—just like that girl at the bar during the frosty Scandinavian vacation that you never took. The grooves on her debut, Anniemal (which arrived stateside this year bearing Pitchfork’s dreaded spooge of approval), are sneakily diverse, ranging from robotic R&B and neo-disco to blippy funk and straight-up bubblegum. But producers Timo Kaukolampi, Röyksopp’s Torbjørn Brundtland, and Richard X never force her out of range; she always sounds a little bittersweet and wrapped in a familiar shade of blue. Annie plays a special Bliss dance night at 9:30 on the Black Cat’s Mainstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. (202) 667-7960.

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