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For a pair of mildly funky dudes, D.C.- and Berlin-based producers Benoit & Sergio have pretty aristocratic taste. In a recent feature for the website Magnetic, the gents behind this year’s fabulous “Principles”/“Everybody” EP take readers on a tour of Washington, keeping a little too close to the Burberry-clad sections of town: To Benoit, Dupont Circle is “soothing,” and Georgetown offers something other than the sensation of dying slowly. Sergio even name-drops the Hay-Adams. (But a sly diss of Thievery Corporation takes him back up a peg.) In another interview, they fancifully propose gigging on a tropical cruise line—perhaps, I’d like to think, because it offers Sergio yet another opportunity to don a sexy-guy tank top. But that silly mimosas-on-the-sundeck vibe could also be the source of Benoit & Sergio’s buoyant approach to house music. Live, they’re flamboyant and undeniably fun to watch, even behind a double-laptop setup. In fact, their energetic shows landed them the No. 10 slot in electronic music website Resident Advisor’s “Top 20 live acts” poll. The duo seems capable of making itself, and its audience, comfortable in any environment. U Street Music Hall may be far from the tony streets of Georgetown, but Benoit & Sergio should fit right in. Benoit & Sergio perform with Solomon Sanchez and Mike Fisher at 10 p.m. at U Street Music Hall. $10. (Ally Schweitzer)
R Street NW DIY space Subterranean A hosts even more exciting homegrown electronic dance music: Shimmery house-music trio Volta Bureau and Future Times universe-skimmers Protect-U and Beautiful Swimmers perform. Get ready to get glazed. 8-11 p.m. Friday.
Saturday: Weirdo folkers Woods at Rock & Roll Hotel (with Purling Hiss)—-for some reason, this show inspired a Krautrock primer in Express. 9:30 Club hosts Penguin Prison and Big/Bright at U Street Music Hall. Exit Clov opens up for JC Brooks at Black Cat.
DIY standup! James Adomian, interviewed yesterday on Arts Desk, headlines at Subterranean A Saturday. 7:30 p.m. $5.