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As it happens, next Monday the band Gossip – singer Beth Ditto, guitarist Nathan Howdeshell, and drummer Hannah Blilie – will be stopping in Amsterdam on their current European tour to play at the Melkweg (it’s a sold-out performance), and so it won’t be amiss to make a playlist of some of their more recent numbers, including several from their new album, A Joyful Noise. (For what it’s worth, I’d assembled the playlist before hearing that they’d be coming here; the timing is fortuitously felicitous.)

Gossip, hailing from Portland, Oregon, made its breakthrough in the UK some years ago, and they’ve outdone themselves with the two albums that have been released since then: the present one includes the hit “Move in the Right Direction,” which has been circulating widely through the Internet these last couple of weeks.