Scissor Sisters' new album Night Work -- three years in the making, and re-making (they scrapped 18 months of work and started over) -- is a typically frisky, preening mash-up of glam and disco that contains a lot of you're-gonna-have-to-be-there moments.
Fun, to be sure. But maybe not as rip-snorting as the New York's quartet's online "news" channel that features anchor Lester Zizmore chronicling the band's every move.
In the installment posted earlier this week, indefatigable reporters captured a backstage moment during which Scissors Sisters frontman Jake Shears and Adam Lambert swapped spit, as a mock-horrified Katy Perry looked on. Lambert, of course, denied involvement, in the kiss as well as other acts unmentionable on mainstream broadcasts.
Go ahead and watch, you know you're curious.
The band's third album and first since 2006 is creating a stir -- Scissors Sisters have been selected to support Lady Gaga on a leg of her Monster Ball tour next year. Has all the attention caught the foursome by surprise? Yes, singer Ana Matronic told Musicroom.net:
"I never thought the Scissor Sisters would make it outside of New York City, let alone outside of America. I thought we were just too weird and too gay for public consumption. I thought we were much more of a novelty and we'd never encounter success on such a level."
We suspect they'll do fine in Hollywood. Scissor Sisters headline the Palladium on Saturday.
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Elsewhere: Pink Martini, joined by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and special guests Rufus Wainwright and the Sesame Street cast, among others, does three nights at the Bowl beginning tonight as part of the "Fireworks Finale." ... Sheryl Crow's new album 100 Miles From Memphis is an homage to Stax Records soul and '60s pop radio; she and her new band play the Greek Theatre tonight. ... Also tonight, New Orleans stalwarts Bonerama bring their brassy funk to the Mint.
Also tonight: The Watson Twins and Mini Mansions at the Bootleg Theater; Helen Stellar at the Echo; Dax Riggs and Useless Keys at Spaceland; Beak> at the Troubadour; Stealing Heather at the Viper Room; Andy Clockwise at the Hotel Cafe; the Business at the Key Club; the Devine and Never Shout Never at the Music Box; Freestyle Fellowship at the Roxy; He's My Brother, She's My Sister at the Redwood; the Ditty Bops at McCabe's Trey Songz at Club Nokia; Big in Japan at the Cat Club; Captain Ahab at the Smell; the Vandals at the Glass House; C.B. Brand at Mr. T's Bowl; Spirit Vine at the 5 Star Bar; DJ Jeremy Sole at the Commerce Casino; and Kevin Greenspan at Echo Curio.
Also Saturday: Ke$sha and B.o.B. at the House of Blues; the Clientele, Lay Low and Gangi at the Echoplex; Alberta Cross, Dead Confederate and Red Cortez at the Troubadour; Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti at the Glass House; Rocco Deluca at Saint Rocke; Paloalto at the Viper Room; So & So and Ernie Halter at the Hotel Cafe; Trey Songz at Club Nokia; Queen Caveat and Tarantula at Spaceland; the Vibrators at Blue Cafe; Neil Finn at Largo; Jesse Winshester at McCabe's; Black Elephant at the Smell; Flash Express at the Redwood Bar; and Thrift Store Cowboys at the Mint.
Also Sunday: J-Roddy Walston & the Business, Sweaters and Bowery Beasts at the Troubadour; Neil Finn at Largo; Intercept at the Mint; Dunes at the Smell; French Miami, Alpine Decline, LA Font and Lesands at Spaceland; the Procedure Club and Sweater Girls at the Echo; Kingsizemaybe at Echo Curio; the Storytime Funland children's matinee at McCabe's featuring the Chapin Sisters, among others; Richard Smith & Julie Adams in the evening at McCabe's and Vesuvia Sonic at the Redwood Bar.