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Drum-and-bass royalty at Greene Street
When Forbes released its list of the highest paid DJs in the world last week, there was one commonality among the top names on the list: None of them spin drum and bass. The progressive house revival of the late 2000s pushed what was, for most of the ’90s, the only kind of electronic dance music that mattered (in the US) to the margins of popular dance music. That folks aren’t getting Calvin Harris-rich playing it isn’t shocking. Drum and bass is the lowbrow, proletarian class of EDM, as unsophisticated in its intent as a six-pack of Milwaukee’s Best Ice; the only outcome is ringing ears and a pounding skull, but there’s a cleansing feeling to great drum and bass, and Dieselboy has been making just that for more than 20 years now. Despite never having released a proper “album” in his 20-plus-year DJ career, Damien Higgins has remained one of the most prolific American producers of drum-and-bass music, releasing countless mixes and contributing to even more compilations. He’s outsold every American-born drum-and-bass DJ and is consistently ranked among the Top 10 DJs of his genre. Though he’s not drawing crowds like Armin Van Buuren or Deadmau5, and he’s not spinning straight vinyl much anymore, Dieselboy’s live shows are an experience that’s been finely cultivated for two decades: sinister, concussive and not for the faint of heart. Dieselboy comes to Greene Street Club this Saturday night, and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
We’re up all night to get copies
As groups on the tribute circuit ripe to be capitalized upon go, Daft Punk stands to be the most potentially lucrative, expensive to produce and hardest to get right. For one, they haven’t played a full live concert outside of the extremely rare, extremely exclusive private show since 2007’s Alive tour. In fact, they may be the most soughtafter band in the world in that regard. When they finally do announce a tour off of this year’s titanic hit Random Access Memories, it will be like a dam breaking. Until then, there’s their upcoming live performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, and a daring duo of tributeers calling themselves One More Time, who will come to the Blind Tiger this Sunday night. To their credit, One More Time does not cut corners. They have fully functional helmets and a full-size replica of the pyramid that defined the best concert experience of the mid-2000s. Hell, it might even be the pyramid, because Daft Punk won’t need it anymore. They retired it following that tour and have only promised something even better as their next stage production — after all, they’ll have to make room on stage now for Pharrell and Nile Rodgers. One More Time’s 75-minute live show is, in effect, the Alive tour mostly in its entirety with a handful of original mixes thrown in (shudder:), but the downside is that you’re seeing a tribute to an iteration of a group that the real deal has completely left behind. Maybe that’s better than nothing. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, and the music starts at 8 p.m.