Pop charmers Lucy & La Mer’s annual Love Is Gay Fest doubles as a celebration for the release of Polartropica’s full-length album, Dreams Come True. Polartropica’s Ihui Cherise Wu spins glittery clouds of cotton candy on synthesizer, over which she coos radiant pop melodies fleshed out with deft assurance by her ace band, which includes the dazzling guitar whiz Alexander Noice. But such pretty passages as “Wild Lyfe” — which is anointed with guest star Jett Kwong’s delicate, feathery lines on the Chinese string instrument guzheng — are contrasted by yearning lyrics about animals trapped in captivity to entertain voyeuristic humans. “How could they be so cruel?/I can’t even digest,” Wu wonders on “Solidarity,” another seemingly airy dance-pop track with heavy lyrics. “Gotta stick together/Never know who could be next.” The mini-fest is stacked further with WASI, Guppy, Rat Fancy, and Chanel & the Circus.
Bootleg Theater, 2220 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; Sat., March 14, 7 p.m.; $10 & $30; all ages. (213) 389-3856, www.bootlegtheater.org/e/love-is-gay-fest-feat-polartropica-s-dreams-come-true-album-release-94073459249.
Note: It was announced on Friday, March 13, that this show, like so many other local events, has been canceled due to concerns about the coronavirus.
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