Wednesday's Best Bets: Besties at PA's, Hercules and Love Affair at Wilbur

Besties, "Prison Song"

Ever been hugged too hard? It’s a bit like listening to the BESTIES, purveyors of either the bristliest indie pop ever sprung from Brooklyn or the most adorable punk rock. Their songs — poppy paeans to lost time, lost loves, and lost lofts — threaten to be devoured by their own cuteness, but the Besties have dueling penchants for volume and bombast, and the result is more whee! than twee. Catch them opening a poptacular show with PANTS YELL! and Stockholm’s the FAINTEST IDEAS at P.A.’s Lounge, 345 Somerville Ave, Somerville | doors @ 8:30 pm | $8-$11 | 617.776.1557 or

DOWNLOAD: the Besties, "Zombie Song" [mp3]

Hercules and Love Affair, "You Belong"

We fear some of you are headed for the Gnarls Barkley show tonight just to hear GNARLS BARKLEY. Wrong. If you're planning to hit the Wilbur Theatre tonight, make sure you show up early to catch the late-disco glories of NYC's HERCULES AND LOVR AFFAIR, who've followed time-honored tradition by becoming huge in England before beginning to catch on back here. Hipsters already have -- and how could they not, with downtown-NYC model/singer/friend-of-CocoRosie Nomi on vox and Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons fame) yelping the hooks, plus James Murphy's DFA label putting their name whole-heartedly behind it? Check the new video above, grab some hot British remix below, get on the fucking dance floor. Oh, wait -- right. Well, bounce along in your tattered theater seat. The Wilbur’s at 246 Tremont St, Boston | 8 pm | $25 | 617.248.9700 or

DOWNLOAD: Hercules and Love Affair, "You Belong (Riton Mix)" [mp3]

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