SUNDAY

There’s enough robot music in Iron City for a double CD—30 tracks in all, mostly from soloists—that covers industrial, ambient, breakcore, rap, and IDM (not to mention the high-concept improvisations of former Baltimorean tENTATIVELY a cONVENIENCE’s Fluxus-inspired play with homemade gadgets). So why—with the exception of Michael Johnsen’s restless noodling on an eclectic array of instruments from carpenter’s saw to transistor radio—is the Circuits of Steel tour, which features only six acts, dominated by instrumental pop groups who mimic acts that hit their innovative peak about 20 years ago? Greg Gillis’ Girl Talk (pictured) project creates Plunderphonics-style cut ups of copyrighted pop material on his laptop; Automatic Matty P re-creates the cold atmospheres of This Mortal Coil and Art of Noise; Clockworm works in Thomas Dolby territory; Requiem’s ominous tones recall Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s darkwave Goth; and My Boyfriend the Pilot shapes R2-D2-like telephony signals and hacked computer drones into an abstract robot blues that would have made computer pop pioneer Bruce Haack proud. It’s like a soundtrack to a horror movie set in Danceteria—or Poseurs. Catch the now sound of retro-futurism at 7 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $6. (202) 462-7833. (Jeff Bagato)