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Don’t stop the music: Gowanus party invites Robyn fans to get weird

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She’s the Swedish pop star you didn’t know you missed.

Call your girlfriend, because it’s time for a Brooklyn shindig where dance hall queens (and kings) can celebrate their love for the indestructible musician known as Robyn — and get weird doing it.

Hosting DJ duo Silent Drape Runners, whose music is as fun and unpretentious as Robyn herself, are bringing their Robyn-inspired party this Friday to the Bell House in Gowanus and it’s free, and it’s the best chance for fans of the singer of “With Every Heartbeat” to revel together in New York City since she was here last.

“Why NOT Robyn,” said Russ Marshalek, one half of the pair who crafted the manic mashup of Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” with Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend.”

“Sophie and I are both ridiculously inspired by her. She’s basically the perfect popstar.”

Even though the beloved Swedish sensation has a limited canon — her most beloved albums, “Robyn” and “Body Talk,” only have 29 songs between them (depending on which versions you buy) — Marshalek said it is never a challenge to present new ways of showing off her material. The limited theme can actually take the team’s creativity in interesting directions. For instance, one of the previous Robyn parties involved a “Call Your Girlfriend” dance contest.

But what makes the Silent Drape Runners’ parties really work is that Brooklynites come ready and willing to hang with each other.

In other cities, said Marshalek, the social aspect of the evening is lost to some fans, whose passion for the singer also known as Robin Miriam Carlsson gets in the way of their having fun.

“In Chicago, if it isn’t Robyn every single song, people would freak out,” he said.

Though, he added later, there’s plenty of fun to be had dancing on your own.

“Wouldn’t you just do it at home where you didn’t have to pay $10 for a drink and you could be naked if you want to?”

“Robyn Gets Weird” at The Bell House [149 Seventh St. between Second and Third avenues in Gowanus, (718) 643–6510, www.thebellhouseny.com]. May 24, 10 pm. Free.

Reach reporter Jaime Lutz at jlutz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow her on Twitter @jaime_lutz.

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