Given that Khaela Maricich, one-half of Portland, Oregon's electro-pop duo the Blow, tends to see sex as essentially a consumer transaction beholden to the cold logic of supply and demand, it's remarkable that her show at NYU last week was free. The band's twitchy, postmodern love songs mix personal melodrama with technological alienation and economic necessity—"All the girls, they're sitting on a pile of gold," she sang, "and the boys, you know they want it." In summation: "It's economic/They need the warmth that we export." Her consumer-driven view of intimacy makes sense: She tends to write songs about people she desires but can't have, and that doesn't just make her feel disempowered and helpless, but also suspicious about what made her want them in the first place. ("Maybe I just want them cause I know they'll reject me,"... More >>>