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Ladies of LCD Soundsystem DJ a Halloween night of celebration and empowerment 

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Ladies of LCD Soundsystem

Michael Vadino

This fall, two members of LCD Soundsystem, keyboardist Nancy Whang and synths and electronics player Gavin Rayna Russom, are on the road as the DJ duo, Ladies of LCD Soundsystem. Russom came out as a transgender woman in June; her first performance after that was at Berlin as part of Femme’s Room, on the eve of Pitchfork Music Fest, which LCD Soundsystem headlined that year. Each stop along the way will feature opening sets from local women and nonbinary artists, and a dollar from every ticket sold will be donated to RAINN and its 24/7 sexual assault survivor hotline. For Halloween, Whang and Russom are hitting up Chicago’s young venue Sleeping Village, and though the dance music they’re known for is more invigorating than spooky, it’s so enjoyable that even the most hard-core trick or treater would happily go off the holiday theme. Their set will pull from their immense work with LCD Soundsystem, their solo careers, and their collaborations together. LCD Soundsystem, which broke up in 2011, has effortlessly picked up where it left off since reuniting in 2015. They’ve been back on the touring circuit, and they released their comeback album, American Dream, last year. This fall the group recorded a couple of live tracks at Electric Lady Studios as part of Spotify’s singles series: both of which merge the clarity and slick production with the energy of their recent concerts. “Tonite” (from 2010’s American Dream) and a mashup of bittersweet album closer “Home” (from This Is Happening) with a cover of Chic’s “I Want Your Love." There’s no doubt that this music is meant to be experienced live, and Whang and Rayna will undoubtedly get audiences dancing with sounds that draw from their time in LCD Soundsystem and their individual musical histories, while pushing forward into something new.   v

nd slick production of their studio material with the energy of their recent concerts

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