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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)