The fun part of this deceptively named New York band–only one member is female, and none are Brazilian–is centerpiece Sabina Sciubba, who plays up her femme fatale image by dressing like a runway model and singing with a Euro-toned sangfroid that’s particularly hard and frosty. On its second album, Talk to La Bomb (Verve Forecast), the group downplays its easy way with hooks by adding new-wave rhythmic jitters and anxious synths, offsetting moments of dreamy ethereality and soft dub by yanking the songs into more tense environments. Sciubba’s lyrics flutter with a romanticism that for the most part her voice hardly indicates–her delivery is usually devoid of sweetness, no matter which of her five languages she’s using–but when the band gives in and gets pretty she mutters along quite torchily. The Prairie Cartel opens. a Midnight, Metro, 3730 N. Clark, 773-549-0203 or 312-559-1212, $16, 18+.