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With Tsu Shi Ma Mi Rae. Sunday, October 16, at the Beachland Ballroom.

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"A lot of people come to our shows, and they have no idea what the fuck they're coming to watch," says Stormy, one of the suicidegirls.com models who opens the modeling website's debut DVD, Suicide Girls: The First Tour. "But I think they come away satisfied."

Twenty seconds later, footage of this very tour plays: Seven girls wearing nothing but duct tape and panties gyrate around and touch each other suggestively while pouring chocolate sauce everywhere. Wait a second -- which concertgoers were surprised by that?

After all, the Suicide Girls burlesque tour took place at punk and rock clubs, home of their target audience, throughout the country. The website, famous for creating a community of goth, punk, and indie-rock girls who like talking about music as much as they like taking their clothes off, is popular enough among underground-music lovers that nobody should've been shocked, though from the look of the DVD, the sold-out crowds were certainly awed.

With the success of 2004's nationwide rock-and-burlesque tour comes this retrospective DVD, and to promote the release comes -- surprise! -- another tour to spread the message of hot, confident punk-rock chicks to the masses. On the video, Missy Suicide trumpets her vision for the website she created to give attention to atypical models: "Not the Baywatch girls, not the Playboy girls. The real girls."

Sure, eye candy is the main draw, but these tattoo-spattered ladies look good without bowing to grocery-store-aisle conceptions of beauty, and the site is an even bigger deal thanks to its blogging, bulletin boards, and music tie-ins.

"As part of the punk-rock community, we want to support artists that we like, the members like, and the girls like," Missy says on the phone from California. Indeed, the DVD plays like a genius mixtape, with great songs of all genres interspersed between dance numbers and interviews with the models (though the combination of catchy songs and hot girls can't hurt, right?). The tour continues this cross-promotion by sharing the stage with Japan's all-girl pop-punk group Tsu Shi Ma Mi Rae -- "We found a fun, girly pop band that fits in with the aesthetic of the Suicide Girls," Missy says.

Unfortunately, the 2005 tour sees only two girls returning, along with seven new ones. "A lot of different girls wanted to do [the tour] before and didn't get a chance to," Missy explains. Wait -- did some of the Suicide Girls fight for the chance to join this tour? Where's the DVD of that?

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