In 1928, Cole Porter penned the ribald Lets Do It, Lets Fall In Love with the immortal lines Birds do it, bees do it/Even educated fleas do it/Let's do it, let's fall in love. Soon, the birds and the bees became the chief euphemism for explaining sexual intercourse to children, since people were too chickenshit to call it what it really was. In 2006, L.A. duo The Bird and the Bee brought it all full circle by naming their debut single Fucking Boyfriend. Strange how times change. And yet how they dont: Vocalist Inara George (Bird) sings like an old-timey cabaret-jazz chanteuse, all smoky and sultry and sexy. And yet how they do: Producer/beatmaster Greg Kurstin (Bee) whos worked with Lily Allen, Beck, the Flaming Lips, and others makes effervescent, retro-futuristic soundscapes that range from electro-pop to trip-hop and kitschy lounge-pop. Its all sparkly and fun, like a diamond. Or like new tune Diamond Dave, in which George reveals a major-league crush on the erstwhile Van Halen frontman. Try explaining that one to your kids.
Thu., Feb. 12, 8 p.m., 2009