Contemplating Ke$ha is not the path to righteousness, despite her publicist-vetted tales of sloshed, cheerily conformist discord—one of which is supposedly breaking into Prince’s house, though the Purple One has yet to comment besides snoring and rolling over. Another is putting the dollar sign in her name for “ironic” reasons never successfully justified. Her bawdy loose ends are plainly orchestrated, yet they’ve still pushed her club-brat whiner “Tik Tok,” off debut Animal, into our defeated subconscious. Girl, get some better eyeliner and some even better songs. We’re really braving the Herald Square hordes tonight for Rihanna, anyway.

Thu., Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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