Coming to the 9:30 Club: CSS and MEN

Posted by Randy Shulman
October 21, 2011 10:00 AM |

The headliner at the 9:30 Club this Monday, Oct. 24, is enough of a draw all its own -- CSS, which stands for Cansei de Ser Sexy, or Portuguese for "tired of being sexy," makes upbeat, electro-pop dance music in the Scissor Sisters mold, led by an Ana Matronic-esque sassy singer named Lovefoxxx.

But we're most excited to see the Brooklyn-based queer band and performance collective MEN, which returns to D.C. after storming the recent PhaseFest. MEN started as an all-female duo, but it has since become a co-ed group of three core members, including JD Samson, formerly of the feminist punk trio Le Tigre (and former girlfriend to Australian singer Sia). The group focuses on the "radical potential of dance music," chiefly through provocative, political lyrics. The music, on the other hand, is less radical and far better than you might expect. MEN's work on debut Talk About Body is polished, and the bass is as seriously developed and stunning as the best of house music -- courtesy of the man in this house, bassist Michael O'Neill. Monday, Oct. 24. Doors at 7 p.m. Nightclub 9:30, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-265-0930 or visit

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