Some bands are having more fun than you are. Witness the scene Tuesday at the El Rey Theatre, where the feminist super heroines of Le Tigre rocked and agit-popped for a full house that could not stop dancing. Which can't be easy when the subject is power and protest.
But the three women of Le Tigre have found a special place where politics and anger can be channeled into an excited blend of punk, pop and cheesy dance beats. It was clear early in the first of two nights at the venue, during the song "FYR," which sets a cheerleader rant on "progressive change" and "ridicule" against a euphoric surf-punk riff, somehow approaching the sound of Public Enemy as backed by the B-52's.
Four more years
Singer-guitarist Kathleen Hanna (formerly of riot grrrl pioneer Bikini Kill) erupted in full punk-rock glory on "Seconds," shouting out a fiery countdown as images of George W. Bush flashed on the screen behind her. But not even a disappoint- ing election would spoil her fun.
A version of the Pointer Sisters' "I'm So Excited" was festive, but slim compared to the band's material, including songs from the new album "This Island."
And Hanna spent the night's quick, hourlong set singing and shaking, trading instruments and the microphone with equal partners Johanna Fateman and JD Samson, who sang of lesbian pride and purpose on "Viz," all of them turning the raw and incendiary into the best party in town.