Local Licks

This week we review Datgirl, The Suggies, The Seshen, and Mornin' Old Sport

Datgirl, Slutstep

We already knew, from Rihanna, that sadomasochism could be a viable theme for a pop song — though few flaunt it as brazenly as Datgirl, a self-proclaimed “slutstep” artist” who combines austere, modern-sounding electronica with salacious lyrics. “Baby Got Bass” and the scornful “American Apparel Model” are tame compared to the more suggestive “Smack and Please” and the coup de grace, “I Text Myself.” (DATGirl Media)

The Suggies, Who Are the Suggies?

A friend described The Suggies as “a college-rock-radio version of Minutemen,” which is an apt characterization, mainly because their songs are short. The Suggies do indeed have a nostalgia-oriented sound, and their lyrics abound with adolescent-boy humor (e.g., “Smelly Stacy,” “Adult Sex Jokes”). But those qualities all become a rock band. (20 Sided Records)

At The Nip (17th St. and Capp St., San Francisco) on Friday, Mar. 9. 9 p.m., $5

The Seshen, The Seshen

By citing J. Dilla and Little Dragon as influences, the seven members of electropop group The Seshen are clearly framing themselves as a producer-centered group, when really they’re more worldish and melodic. Singers Lalin St. Juste and Akasha Orr warble over a dense bed of bass, keyboards, samplers, drums, violin, and bells. The tunes are substantive and slick. (Stop Snitchin’ Publishing)

At Red Poppy Art House (2898 Folsom Ave., San Francisco) on Friday, Mar. 2, 8 p.m. $5-$10

Mornin’ Old Sport, Your Grandparents Will Jam to These Tracks

There’s absolutely nothing duplicitous about this old-timey fourtet, whose members are wholeheartedly committed to the Jazz Age aura of their moniker. Nor is the EP title misleading, since its three ballads are a faithful genuflection to Gypsy swing of the Thirties, with la pompe guitar strumming and warm, crystalline harmonies. The real lilting gem is “Over the Moon,” which showcases singer Kate Smeal. (self-released)


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