Crystal Castles

Thursday, March 6

The Canadian duo Crystal Castles is commonly associated with the

latest crop of electro-pop/nü rave dance jammers. In addition to

appearing one of them Kitsuné compilations (along with Passions and

Thieves Like Us), group cofounder Ethan Kath has remixed tracks by

Bloc Party and Klaxons. But unlike their fellow hipsters, Crystal

Castles doesn't go for slick club grooves or post-modern,

neo-Kraftwerk coolness. Instead, the group deals in vintage Atari

bleeps, crunchy distortion, jackhammer beats and claustrophobic

soundscapes. In fact, Crystal Castles' brand of bouncy juvenilia

sounds far more inspired by noise-rock obscuros like Coin and Extreme

Animals it does the straight-up electro of Fischerspooner and Adult.

Do arrive early and catch Health, who just released a split single

with Crystal Castles on the Lovepump United imprint. These freaks are

even more spazzed-out than their tour mates! With Health, Past Lives,

David Wolf. Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St. 324-8000. 8 p.m. $10.

JUSTIN F. FARRAR

Thu., March 6, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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