JD Samson has become established as equal parts art-punk provocateur and feminist firebrand over a decade-plus as part of Le Tigre and fronting MEN. Her latest effort, Labor, represents a new creative high water mark in an already impressive career. Simultaneously heady ("Making Art") and hedonistic ("Club Thang"), it's easily her most musically accessible album, showcasing the sharp pop skills that have led her to songwriting gigs for the likes of Christina Aguilera. On the whole it's a welcome reminder that music with a message needn't forsake ear-worm melodies. With Kitten Forever. 18+.
Sat., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., 2014