The worst thing about the String Cheese Incident is the copycats. Say what you will about their long, repetitious songs and obliviously ravenous fan base, Cheese are great at what they do and make it look easy. Consequently, thousands of fans who should have stayed in the audience picked up mandolins, hand drums, and acoustic guitars in the 1990s. They invaded sympathetic clubs around the nation, bong in hand, with loose/nonexistent song structures and 30-minute marathons into the abyss. They had no idea what they were doing. They sucked. As much as Cheese, Panic, etc., make their work appear effortless and free, they listen to each other, are masters of their craft, and generally know what the hell theyre doing. Unlike the cottage industry they spawned. Perhaps now, with the incarnation of EOTO (featuring Michael Travis and Jason Hann of Cheese fame), the electronic sibling of the jam-band world, were going to see legions of devotees pick up drum machines and glow sticks. God help us. With Obelus. CHRIS KORNELIS
Listen to a sample of Eoto's "THUNK camp bisco."
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Mon., Feb. 18, 8 p.m., 2008