Now, usually, having a relatively young band with only one 7-inch EP (Forced Entry on tastemakers Captured Tracks) opening for indie-dance worthies the likes of STRFKR would be a somewhat surprising proposition, but Portland’s Reptaliens are not just any band of disguised reptiles from another star system. The band – led by the couple that fell to earth, Bambi and Cole Browning – counts among its current membership escapees from Blouse, Wampire, Brainstorm and Woolen Men and deals in a sound that’s almost St. Etienne and Heavenly hybridized with mellow AM-radio vibes and the space age lounge of Esquivel. And buried deep beneath this gently chiming haze are lyrics packed with cults and conspiracies lurking around every corner. Live, expect fog machines and reptile masks to come into play. With a new album on the way later this summer that promises to crystallize all their various songs and themes into one gorgeous, yet foreboding electro-pop whole, let us be probably not the first to say that we are glad to welcome our new reptilian overlords.
with STRFKR | Monday, 8 p.m. | The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave. | thebeacham.com | $21