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Thursday, Sep. 13, 2012

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LISTENING POST: LIVE

Scissor Sisters


By THOMAS HALL
Special to The Japan Times

If you're looking for a midweek party to tide you over until the weekend, a pair of Scissor Sisters gigs might be just what you're looking for.

A decade into their career, Scissor Sisters have shown themselves to be an enduring, refreshing and interesting pop group that flirts with the mainstream while still retaining some credibility and character. Next week sees the New York band bring their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to Tokyo and Osaka.

The last time I saw Scissor Sisters was in a raucous midnight performance at a Tokyo club. Having seen them play at numerous festivals before, I knew they'd put on an energetic show. It ended up being better. Fans who attend this run of Japan gigs will no doubt be treated to a polished performance by a band who are not afraid to mix their club music influences with stadium touches and disco-inspired flair. Prepare for generous helpings of camp and comic double-entendres provided in the onstage banter between band leaders Jake Shears and Ana Matronic.

This time, Scissor Sisters are touring in support of their fourth album, "Magic Hour." The full-length sees the band adding even more electronic elements to their sound. Recent singles such as the track "Shady Love" (which also features current "it" girl Azealia Banks) and the anthemic "Only The Horses" should both be show-stoppers.

For those who can't break away from work to join the weeknight party, frontman Shears will join Scissor Sisters' tour-DJ Sammy Jo for a Friday-night appearance at painfully trendy Tokyo nightspot Trump Room. Expect to navigate crowds of filthy gorgeous Shibuya fashionistas while being treated to a DJ set described by Shears himself as "vastly different from the band." Shears promises to play a lot of "great house music and techno ... (and) keep it pretty hard."

Whether it's a weeknight concert or an all-nighter to kick off the weekend, one thing is for sure —get ready to dance.

Scissor Sisters play Shinkiba Studio Coast in Tokyo on Sep 19 (7 p.m.; ¥6,500); and Big Cat in Osaka on Sep 20 (7 p.m.; ¥6,500). Frontman Jake Shears will perform a DJ set with DJ Sammy Jo at Trump Room in Shibuya, Tokyo, on Sep 21 (11 p.m.; ¥3,000 in advance, ¥4,000 at the door). For more information, visit www.scissorsisters.com or www.facebook.com/events/181315098670066.

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