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Perhaps no other figure in pop-culture history knew the true meaning of "15 minutes of fame" quite like Edie Sedgwick, the original celebutante. Attractive, precocious, and famous for being famous, she ended her career rolling around, naked and high as shit, at the bottom of an empty swimming pool in Ciao Manhattan, filmed not long before she OD'd in 1971. Clad in a blond bob wig, heavy and uncareful makeup, a silver minidress, black tights, and cha-cha heels, Justin Moyer performs as a spectral Edie, though he looks more like a dollar-store drag queen when he slides around the stage. Moyer's better known as a member of the punk-qua-disco band Supersystem, but he's much more potent in Edie form. His latest CD, last year's Her Love Is Real . . . but She Is Not (De Soto), is a concept album about celebrity that's as grating as it is entertaining. Each song is named for a movie star, though the lyrics aren't always discernibly about that particular celeb. ("Robert Downey Jr.," however, with its verses of "Relapse / Recovery / Relapse / Recovery," is pretty clear.) Moyer's musical trope of choice is battered bedroom-electro, but the songs are violently all over the place, from the drill-and-bass of "Tim Robbins" to the brat pogo of "Christian Slater." "Martin Sheen," which examines the metatext of Sheen's roles from Apocalypse Now to The West Wing before closing with the cheerleadery refrain of "I / Love / Living in the USA," shows off what he's best at: turning camp and a doomy mood into cultural commentary. J+J+J and All City Affairs open. Wed 2/15, 9:30 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $8.

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