Eight Gigs: Herschel Roy

Fri., Dec. 16, 8 p.m., Starlite Lounge, $5

The best way to fight hypothermia—apart from, say, indoor heating—is to dance! Local synth-pop duo Herschel Roy is throwing the Cold Sugar winter dance party at Starlite Lounge for you to heat up your shivering bones. Herschel Roy will bring back all those nostalgic ’80s beats and feelings, so you can cut a rug to the upbeat, bittersweet electro-pop sounds à la Erasure, Depeche Mode and just a wee bit of Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Petaluma, the other band on the bill, pulls from similar influences, but more on the darker, ambient, why-did-you-put-me-on-earth-god side of the spectrum.