Given how celebrity obsessed our culture has become, you could rightfully call the music of Justin Moyer’s Edie Sedgwick project “Folk” music. Though Moyer might be the first Folk artist to dress in drag and strut around on stage singing Disco/Electro songs about famous people. (Woody Guthrie would have looked awesome in high heels.) With a minimal, beat-heavy sound in the realm of artists like Le Tigre and LCD Soundsystem, Moyer’s latest album, Things Are Getting Sinister and Sinisterer (released by D.C.’s seminal Dischord Records), features songs about celebrities from the past 50 years, ranging from “Anthony Perkins” to “Rob Lowe” to “Mary-Kate Olsen.”
Moyer claims to be the reincarnation of his project’s namesake (the Andy Warhol muse) and calls his sound “Fela Kuti meets Screaming Jay Hawkins meets the Ol’ Dirty Bastard at a Warhol exhibition.” It’s a winking gag, sure, but Things Are Getting Sinister is a strong Indie Dance album with an enchanting No Wave/New Wave slant. Match that with the drag routine and this might turn out to be one of the best live shows of the year. Edie joins Medications, Young Galaxy and Knife the Symphony at the Southgate House this Sunday for an 8 p.m. show. $8; $10 day of show. Get details, buy tickets and find nearby bars and restaurants here.