Concert Notice: MEN at The Loft in April

Back in 2007 when their band Le Tigre was on hiatus, members JD Samson and Johanna Fatemen created the side project MEN. The magazine Sentimentalist describes them best: “Anthemic, synth-heavy dance beats team up with fiery topics from sexual freedom to wartime economies to both queer lifestyle and pleasure politics in MEN’s cathartic songs like ‘Who Am I to Feel So Free?,’ making them the perfect band to open tours for The Gossip and Peaches in America, in addition to doing their own headlining stints in the U.S. and overseas.”

And headlining they will be come April 1 touring in support of their upcoming February release Talk About Body. Fatemen is less a member and more a contributing writer to the band, but the out Samson, center, holds down the fort and brings her activist gay party perspective to the alt-dance pop side project. I mean, just check out this video for the single “Off Our Backs.” Pretty gay … and hot.

Tickets are $10 now and $12 at the door.

—  Rich Lopez

Iceland’s P.M. marries

Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir

Johanna Sigurdardottir became famous last year as the first openly gay person to be the political head of a nation when she ascended to the role of prime minister of Iceland. And now she claims another milestone: One of the first people to marry a same-sex partner under Iceland’s newly passed marriage law.

Sigurdardottir married her partner, writer Jonina Leosdottir, in a ceremony Sunday, the Associated Press reports. The law was passed June 11.

So, that means the U.S. trails behind countries like Spain and Iceland, and cities like Mexico D.F., in human rights. Way to go!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones