Bassnectar

Bassnectar – the nom de plume of San Francisco DJ and producer Lorin Ashton – is a mysterious creature. In press photos, you’ll rarely see his face, as it’s usually covered by his massive mane of scraggly hair, which makes him look like a 60s hippie peacenik. He actually Tweets things like “dreams are so amazing… I love experiencing an alternative reality.” But there’s nothing really placid or harmonious about his music; Ashton concocts dubstep beats with sudden jerking switches in time signatures and meters and layers upon layers of both rapping and singing samples. His latest release, last year’s Wildstyle EP has a headbanger of a title track – “Wildstyle Method” sounds like a jumbo jet with a cabinful of rowdy, bass-loving DJs taking off a runway while a little kid chants “tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo.” With Filastine, Superdre. ERIN K. THOMPSON

Sat., Feb. 5, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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