British electropop group Hot Chip broke through with its second record in 2006, the charming, beat-happy “The Warning,” and this year’s “Made in the Dark” is even better. Other than being a total good-time feel-good party-dance record, Hot Chip’s execution here, its ability to cram multiple catchy melodies into one four-minute pop jaunt, is a talent to behold. “Shake a Fist,” “Ready for the Floor” and “One Pure Thought,” most likely the group’s highest achievements thus far, infect your brain, a virus of synthetics and alarmingly contagious vocal melodies. Live, Hot Chip’s show is bold, hopped-up jollity, with a strange, unexpected level of sweetness that the band isn’t afraid to conceal. New York’s Growing opens, a project that started with hypnotizing drone material but has advanced to more rhythmic compositions, and “All the Way,” the group’s new record, plays with this newfound experimentation. The matching of both acts will make for an interesting night. (Tom Lynch)
Hot Chip plays with Growing September 28-29 at Metro, 3730 North Clark, (773)275-6800, at 8pm.