There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Though it’s often lumped in with the new wave of Icelandic bands such as Sigur Ros and Mum, gusgus—evidently an obscure pronunciation of “cous cous”—is a musical meal from a totally different menu. Whereas the aforementioned acts specialize in lush, romantic soundscapes and quirky, blip-peppered electronica, respectively, gusgus’ new Moonshine Music release, Attention, is pure-as-the-disco-beat old-school dance music, just like the kind Donna Summer used to make. Lots of recent changes—including a WorldCom-scale downsizing from nine members to four, relocation from scenic Reykjavik to the more temperate climes of Barcelona, Spain, and a new singer (Annie Lennox soundalike Udur Hakonardottir, aka Earth)—have obviously inspired the band to haul out the old mirror ball and dance, dance, dance. Trouble is, I don’t feel much like dance, dance, dancing, especially to rehashed disco. Then again, I’m just an ornery old cuss. Or, as the obscure would say, cuscus. Gusgus plays with Balligomingo, Cheb i Sabbah, Karsh Kale, and Midival Punditz at 9 p.m. at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $20. (202) 393-0930. (Michael Little)