Justice | Congress Theater | Dance | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $40
This leather-clad French duo's 2007 "Cross" album was thick with musical references, both obscure (Chicago ghetto house, 70s Italo-horror group Goblin) and not (heavy metal, Daft Punk, Off the Wall-era Michael Jackson). The formula—as well as the incredibly catchy breakout single, "D.A.N.C.E."—proved unexpectedly popular in the States, and helped establish a beachhead for dance music in the American pop mainstream. As unique as the band's sound was at the time, it proved easily replicable, and they quickly spawned a legion of imitators. So it wasn't surprising that for last year's Audio, Video, Disco (Ed Banger) Justice would take a few steps away from it. It's too bad that more listeners didn't follow them—by dialing up the influence of European proto-prog and Krautrock while keeping the heavy-metal disco-pop appeal of "Cross" intact, they ended up producing one of 2011's most satisfying albums, as well one of its most tragically overlooked. —Miles Raymer



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