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JD Samson’s MEN take over humpday in PDX

Michael, JD, Ginger of MEN

To see some truly great bands you’ve got to be willing to party mid-week. And for the likes of electro-politico-indie-dance-rockers MEN it’s work any Thursday morning hangover. Headed by frontqueer JD Samson (Le Tigre), the trio are touring with their triumphant freshman album release Talk About Body, bringing it to Rotture (315 SE 3rd) tomorrow night.

Joined by local DJ hero Mr Charming, Silver Interior (featuring Jenny Hoyston of Erase Eratta), the Aussie MC Macromantics, and indie-darlings, queer or otherwise, Portland or not, Lovers it’s going to be a show of epic proportions.

As the DJ and the MC spice up the beginning, Lovers will begin the show’s upward surge to climax but eerily tugging on your heartstrings, though you may not even know why. Intertwining in a way that makes you feel both ecstatic and sad, I compared their newest album to doing drugs with your lover when I named it album of the year.

That’s when you’ll be ready to burst. Because while MEN are described as “…focus[ing] on the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music. Their music speaks of issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties through lyrical content and an inventive, high-energy stage show…” they’re also just a good time. Easily poking fun at their own privilege, they acknowledge and fight oppression while imbuing the struggle with a sense of whimsy. It is dance music after all. And you are going to dance you gay little asses off my friends.

I gave you their newest video a month ago to chew on, so here’s one just a few months older (but no less hotter) to get you psyched.

Now who am I to feel so free…

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