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CSS, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head @ The Echoplex, 12/9

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The Echoplex was hit by a tidal wave of audio marshmallow fluff last Thursday. By the time I arrived, the air was sticky with it. Natalie Portman's Shaved Head was on stage. You want a band that can provoke a reaction just by naming things, it's this one. I mean their album is called Glistening Pleasure for God's sake. Who wouldn't want to own Glistening Pleasure?

Unfortunately that is where the genius seems to wear off. Relying heavily on their sequined outfits to carry their show, NPSH launched into some of the most boring synthesized pop I've heard in a very long time. If you put monkeys in a room with a bunch of keyboards to bang on I'm sure that they could have come up with more interesting melodies. By the time they got to Sophisticated Side Ponytale that has a chorus that goes, "I like it when you say you've got a gun in your bag. That's so hot! That's so hot!" My thoughts began venturing into the dangerous land of the viciously bored. I began asking myself, "Do I have a gun in my bag? That would be hot." At which point I made the executive decision to go hangout with the smokers outside, away from the hideous pop.