Tired of the same old “pulp pop on the radio,” the Smells claim they set out last year to “bring a little bit of credibility back to dance music.” The group combines elements of electronica, synth, rhythm and blues, and funk to create familiar but also futuristic sounding pop. Brian Wells plays the keyboard and sings, Peter Knutson is on guitar, and Rio Daugherty rounds the trio up on the drums. Though not a big-piece band, they deliver a sound that is part Talking Heads and part Gorillaz, with elements of newer indie pop mixed in.

11:15pm Sat 5/7 at Duluth Flame Nightclub