For the past six or seven decades of North American popular culture as we know it, it has been sufficient for creative types to pick a set of motifs, a broad set of thematics, or an aesthetic school of influence, and then charge head first into the fray.
But in two-thousand-and-fucking-thirteen -- the over-informed, over-stimulated age of the Internet -- that's not enough.
Sorry, Tony Jabroni. Haven't you heard that "genre is obsolete" and the name of the game (see also: the only way to blip on some digital trend aggregate wormhole feed) is cross-pollination.
That's why Emilie Autumn takes your favorite elements of steampunk, goth fashion, the circus, pop music, and cabaret, hits liquefy on the genre blender, chugs them in one mighty gulp, and immediately projectile vomits the thick-and-chunky amalgamation all over anyone in within reach of her spew.
And what else is our post-post-modern society about if not maximum content consumption followed by frenetically ecstatic sweat-inducing regurgitation?
Emilie Autumn is a long-and-wide buffet table brimming with hearty samplings of theater kid bravado, Tim Burton-ized goth glam, Juggalo chic, steampunk sluttery and the wild abandon of costumed fanboys running loose and horny at a Comic Con.
Her upcoming performance at Revolution Live promises to be a bonafide seminar on mashing music genres. And jazz hands.
Emilie Autumn and the Bloody Crumpets. Monday, January 21. Revolution Live. 100 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are $23 through Ticketmaster. To buy tickets directly and save on fees, call the Revolution Live box office at 954-449-1025. For more info, visit jointherevolution.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.