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Tonight’s Pick: Bonde do Rolê at the Black Cat

During the video for Bonde do Rolê’s cheez-guitar/baile-funk song “Office Boy,” two cartoon skeletons eat fire out of a toilet. They’re onscreen for only a second or two, but the message is clear: In Bonde do Rolê’s aesthetic, no truly stoopid concept shall go unconsidered. Of course, the fact that the hyperactive Brazilian dance-music trio has an “aesthetic” and not just a “sound” or a “thing” should be a warning sign that this party isn’t purely about hedonism. No, Bonde do Rolê wants you to be fully aware of your own filthy urges, because they’re probably funny, if you really think about them. And while you’re thinking, you’ll see three young Brazilians acting like dipshits—particularly lead MC Marina Ribatski, a cross between Karen O and Cyndi Lauper, who sings about sexual body parts in Portuguese. Bonde do Role performs at 8 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-7960. —Joe Warminsky

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