Technology doesn’t scare Lauren Kop, the woman behind the local synth-pop project Mini Bear. Instead, she fully embraces it, using her abilities to create, record and produce romantic songs that are pumped up with layers of synthesizers. Rather than sounding cold and robotic, such tracks as “Technopoly Conversations” are brightened by her yearning, searching vocals, which are cast against a spinning web of new-wave textures and dance-pop rhythms. “I swipe the pictures on my screen … I feel like modern love is cruel,” she declares, confronting the collision of passion and technology head on with her 2018 single “Cyberlove.” The show is themed as a “Cyber Dream Fantasy” and features Polartropica on the last night of their residency, as well as Noice, a tight jazzy-experimental ensemble led by versatile Polartropica guitarist Alexander Noice. Also Sebeyu.
Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Mon., July 29, 8:30 p.m.; free; ages 21 & over. (213) 389-3856, bootlegtheater.org.
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