With Le Tigre on hiatus, the DJ JD Samson needed another outlet for her ferocious energy and ambition—thus, MEN, a dance-pop collective of Samson plus a few friends, including fellow Le Tigre member Johanna Fateman. Like Le Tigre, MEN is a band with a mission. Samson infuses wild disco beats with lyrics that serve as calls to action—it’s bluntly all about anti-war stances, gender equality, and LGBT rights. On MEN’s debut album, last month’s Talk About Body, “Credit Card Babie$” addresses the trials that gay couples go through to have a child, while “Who I Am To Feel So Free” laments, “On our way stopped and frisked/ Government asks are you a fucking risk/ On the corner we got booked/ Paper says it’s because of the look.” It’s dance music with some heavy-hitting points to make. With Lovers, Secret Shoppers. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Mon., March 21, 8 p.m., 2011

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