Saturday, May 9

Bay Area jock Bassnectar (aka Lorin Ashton) has a balls-out sonic and performance style that’s made him a club and festival circuit favorite (he’s a headliner on Lollapalooza this year with a who’s who of electronica, including MSTRKRFT and Simian Mobile Disco.) He puts dub-step, hip-hop, breaks, and much more through his production meat-grinder and then plastic wraps it in everything from a cataract of synths to a torrent of rhyming. The end result is something he calls “omnitempo maximalism.” Which you might take to mean that, if Bassnectar were a writer, he’d be David Foster Wallace—stuffed to the gills and loving it. Besides Blackalicious rhymesayer Gift of Gab, he’ll have a custom-built sound system in tow tonight that’s sure to melt the walls.

Sat., May 9, 8 p.m., 2009

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