Dorian Electra
Dorian Electra; Photo by Weston Allen

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The gay agenda is coming to D.C. It includes fog machines, head-to-toe leather outfits, bubbly hyperpop, and Dorian Electra at the center of it all. On their latest release, the Texas-born singer embraces far-right allegations of a “gay agenda” with open arms: “My agenda, might offend ya/ Out here flexing in my rainbow suspenders,” they boast in an oversaturated, autotuned melody on “My Agenda.” If you didn’t get the message in the first two minutes, the song’s outro makes sure you do: “Homosexual; Homosexual; Homosexual,” Electra sings over and over again as the music takes off into a glitchy cacophony. The song is endorsed by the iconic groups Village People and Pussy Riot, who lend background vocals to the number. They’re in good company—Electra has collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga, Charli XCX, and Rebecca Black over the span of their career. But nothing sounds quite like the music Electra makes on their own. Though some of their songs sound like they could be Top 40 pop hits, the majority of their music takes the hyperpop genre to its maximalist extreme, blaring with jarring screeches and synths. Over the chaos, Electra delivers tongue-in-cheek lyrics about queerness, gender fluidity, and sex. “You know I ain’t straight,” they sing on the fan favorite, “Man to Man.” “But I’ma say it straight to you.” Their transgressive, exaggerated music brings to mind the late and great Scottish artist, SOPHIE, who pioneered a genre that found infinite joy in the subversive. Electra is taking up SOPHIE’s torch, and their gay agenda is one that anyone would be lucky to be indoctrinated into. Dorian Electra performs Feb. 4 at 10 p.m. at 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25. Proof of vax required.