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Peaches has come a long way since performing in an overstuffed miniskirt and unsightly legwarmers to a boombox eight years ago at the first Siren Music Festival on Coney Island. With a beer gut and ass fat enough for mud flaps, her oversexed come-ons seemed more desperate than ironic. Time has smoothed her curves and polished her act, while retaining the cheap, tawdry aspect that’s become her calling card. Her stuttering minimalist dance beats are yoked to a “shocking” forthrightness and vulgarity which in reality is about as predictable (and intelligent) as “My Humps.” Indulging garish Fredericks-inspired garb and stale gender play, she’s a Big Lots! Madonna vacillating between cone boobs and gangster moll phases, and set to a hipster trucker cap level of annoying. Is the underground so impoverished that Missy Elliott’s mouthy sexuality transplanted into Ugly Betty can pass for sophisticated social commentary or will they dance to anything? (Chris Parker)

 Fri., Nov. 13, 9pm. $20-$23. With Amanda Blank. Theater of the Living Arts, 334 South St. 215.922.1011.

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1. Howard said... on Nov 16, 2009 at 06:25PM

“You fail to understand that Peaches makes music that people simply enjoying dancing to and having a good time listening to. Incidentally, her "beer gut" is nothing more than a slight pooch (she's in her 40's and doesn't care) and her ass is not fat. Her "oversexed come-ons" are what made her famous. Have you even listened to her latest album? She has grown as a performer and songwriter. Perhaps the lyrics are too much for you to handle, but she's changed. So what? She still uses sex in her songs. Big freaking deal. Find another 40 year old (outside of somebody no one else knows) that crowd surfs and walks over a crowd of fans and puts on a true rock show? I can't think of anyone. Her shows are fun. What else do you want a concert to be? Get over yourself.”

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2. Jeff said... on Nov 17, 2009 at 12:02PM

“Well, as to her weight, he uses the past tense, and says that "time has smoothed her curves," so clearly she's lost some weight. I'm not so sure about "grown as a songwriter" as you say. The obsessive sex stuff still seems about as gimmicky as Mgmt, and trite as Madonna....”

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3. Michele said... on Nov 17, 2009 at 03:10PM

“I know, Howard...I really thought my husband had more substance than to criticize womens' bodies....since mine isn't that great either...but hey, who am I besides a disappointed wife?”

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4. Howard said... on Nov 19, 2009 at 12:29AM

“Jeff, he wrote: "With a beer gut and ass fat enough for mud flaps..." That's certainly not being used as past tense. So, the "time has smoothed her curves" part is quite contradictory.”

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5. Jeff said... on Dec 1, 2009 at 01:23PM

“The line you cited has no verb, so it couldn't be the past-tense. Did you pass Phonics? Please try to read more carefully Howard: "eight years ago at the first Siren Music Festival on Coney Island...her oversexed come-ons SEEMED..." Tha'ts considered the Past-tense. Thanks for making the case about who listens to her music....”


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