Dee Dee of the Dum Dum Girls sounds off on love and everything
The slowed-down "Blank Girl" is a purified duet sung with Brandon Welchez (of Crocodiles), who also plays guitar on the track. It follows an ugly-duckling-to-swan trajectory, relating the passage from shyness to finding a voice. "Rest of Our Lives" is a romantic ode written by Dee Dee for her husband. "Your eyes consume me/They always have/Before you knew me/I dreamt of them," Dee Dee sings, looking back to her childhood ideals of romance. Informed by 1950s doo-wop and '60s pop, it's one of the sweetest songs about monogamy in years.
The failures of love are addressed in "I Will Be," a rattled tale about a desperate, unbalanced affair that takes the listener back to the rough stuff. I Will Be concludes with "Baby Don't Go," a ready-to-make-you-cry Sonny and Cher cover. Whether slow or fast, sad or happy, sunny or rough, Dum Dum Girls captures the charms of the past, forming them into an anthem for the present. When asked what love means to her, Dee Dee simply and succulently replies, "Everything."
With Crocodiles, White Cloud, DJ Mario Orduno
Wed/30, 9 p.m., $12
Bottom of the Hill
1233 17th St., SF