London-based electronic music duo Plaid, who are signed to legendary electronic label Warp Records, are set to play Neumos tonight at 8 p.m. Eric Grandy has the lowdown on the group, and the history of its label, in this week's Short List:
"Intelligent dance music"--as codified on Warp Records' landmark 1992 compilation Artificial Intelligence--suggested, obviously, that electronic music could be as smart, challenging, and avant-garde as any other music (and insinuated that other electronic music of the time was not these things). As suited to home listening as to a live or club setting, IDM was characterized by meticulously detailed sound design and melodic and rhythmic experimentation--clicks and whirs and sample jitters playing outside the usual four-on-the-floor grids. Plaid wasn't on Artificial Intelligence, but the duo, which debuted in '91, have signed with Warp since; and while their stuff can be more straightforward than the weirdest of their peers', with pretty melodies or easy beats cropping up here and there, expect it to sound plenty thoughtful live. Lately their work has focused on audio-visual collaborations, so expect your retinas as well as your cochleas to be dazzled.
Tickets for the show cost $15. For a preview, click through to hear "Tender Hooks" from Scintilli, released earlier this year.