If manufactured pop is the new punk rock, then 808s, Auto-Tune and Aquanet are the tools of the revolution, and Ke$ha—with some of the most hedonistic youth-in-revolt anthems since the Sex Pistols—is leading the charge. Ke$ha’s detractors point to the overly processed vocals on Animal as the latest in a long line of Madonnabes coming through the major label sausage grinder, but she’s had the good sense to surround herself with hyperintelligent hired hands who excel at making exceedingly stupid music: Katy Perry architect Dr. Luke, boy-band impresario Max Martin, and Boulder frat boys 3OH!3. Plus, Ke$ha’s batting well above the Martika line with outsized singles “TiK ToK,” “Blah Blah Blah,” and “Your Love Is My Drug.” Early reports on her stage show suggest season two of The Hills as directed by Julie Taymor: Look out for lasers, DayGlo body paints, and guitars shaped like assault rifles. OMG u guyz, don’t doubt Ke$ha’s commitment to Sparkle Motion!!!
KE$HA PERFORMS WITH RIHANNA AT 7:30 P.M. AT JIFFY LUBE LIVE, 7800 CELLAR DOOR DR., BRISTOW, VA. $31-$106. (703) 754-6400.