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When: Sat., May 30, 8 p.m. 2009

I would love Fischerspooner even if I hated their music, which is fortunate because I sometimes do—occasionally their heroic obsession with sparkly aural decadence seems to distract them from, say, including a melody. But music’s only part of the Fischerspooner experience, and not necessarily its biggest or most important part. Cofounders Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner generally treat the group more as a performance-art project, complete with high-camp theatrics (multitudes of dancers and backup singers, costumes gaudy enough to give Andrew Lloyd Webber pause, and laser-enhanced set design that looks like a Styx concert reimagined as a Vegas show) and highbrow metatext (calling a stage full of dancers and backup singers a “band,” collaborating with Linda Perry and Susan Sontag on the same album). Though nothing on Fischerspooner’s new Entertainment (FS Studios) reaches the transcendent high of their 2001 single “Emerge”—still their all-time peak as far as I’m concerned—the group’s balance between computerlike detachment and sweaty, body-rocking hedonism has rarely been better calibrated. Ssion opens. Afterward Fischerspooner spin a DJ set at Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee; it’s free with a ticket stub from the Metro show. —Miles Raymer

Price: $25

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