Santigold

To clear up the name issue right away, Santogold is now Santigold. Both are the alter ego of Philly/Brooklyn singer Santi White, who formerly fronted the new-/no-wave band Stiffed and scored a big critical and commercial hit last year with her genre-busting, dance-oriented solo debut. Eponymously dubbed Santogold and featuring an alluring mix of new wave, dub, ska, pop, electronica, and White's sultry howl, it sported the most unfortunate cover art in recent memory, depicting White apparently vomiting gold glitter. Baltimore filmmaker and would-be rapper Santo Rigatuso evidently felt equally queasy when he complained that he'd been calling himself Santo Gold since the 1980s. The upshot is that White is coming to town as Santigold, toting along a full band, dancers, and openers Trouble Andrew (who dueted with White on "I'm a Lady") and singer/emcee Amanda Blank. And while Santo Gold is probably headed for oblivion, Santigold promises to fill dance floors for years to come, luring the punters with her vocal nods to Gwen Stefani and Debbie Harry, while pushing the edge with her cross-pollinations and collaborations with hot-shot producers like Diplo, John Hill, and Switch. 18+.
Thu., May 28, 6 p.m., 2009

 
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