The Drive Tour

Nicolas Winding Refn's stylish neo-noir Drive was a critical and popular hit last year, for several reasons. Men loved the cars, heists, and hit-men. Women loved Ryan Gosling as the steely, Steve McQueen-like wheelman in the satin scorpion jacket. Then there was the dreamy '80s Europop score composed by former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez, augmented by synth-pop artists DJ Kavinsky and CSS frontwoman Lovefoxxx. It proved so popular that now we have The Drive Tour, which features College (Frenchman David Greillier) and Canadian pop duo Electric Youth, who collaborated on Drive's signature song, "A Real Hero." That pulsating, dreamlike tune recurs throughout the film—most memorably in the breathtaking elevator scene where time stands still and Gosling kisses Carey Mulligan (cue mass female swooning). Last time I was in Los Angeles, I played song on my car stereo while driving downtown at night, just to gauge the effect. It was magically transportive. Seeing the musicians perform it live should be the next best thing. (With Anoraak.) ERIN K. THOMPSON

Thu., Aug. 2, 8 p.m., 2012

 
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