DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist, the Hard Sell, Kid Koala

Don’t sweat the Technics--There’s only eight of them to be manhandled

It can be tough enough mixing with two turntables and one mixer, believe me. But how about eight turntables, four mixers, and some looping pedals? That's exactly what veteran turntablists Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow are doing for their "Hard Sell" tour. When the pair teamed up and played soulful, funky 45s for 1999's "Brainfreeze" tour (one of the best things I've ever seen live) and the "Product Placement" tour a couple years later, minds were blown. (The super limited tour-only CDs from both have become sought-after by beat-head collectors.) "Hard Sell" takes the next step in showcasing just how masterful both are on the decks, in the mix, and how deep their record collections really can go. And yes, the strict "vintage 45-rpm-only" rule of past tours lives on here. Why? 45s are small, harder to handle, and unpredictable—you never know when that one track you're really into might hit a bad groove and begin to skip. Fortunately, these fast-fingered dudes are so on it, they fix it with the next track in queue as if nothing ever happened. Wish I could've said the same all those times I DJed. Quirky Montreal turntablist/cartoonist Kid Koala opens the show. Showbox, 1426 First Ave., 628-3151. $30-$35 (sold out at press time). 21 and over. Doors at 8 p.m. TRAVIS RITTER

Sun., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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