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Lindstrom, Volta Bureau, Only Children 

When: Sat., Oct. 13, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $15, $12 before midnight, $10 in advance
Norwegian producer Hans-Peter Lindstrom (just Lindstrom for short) might be best known for his extensive catalog of remixes and collaborations—his dark and commanding 2010 album with singer Christabelle, Real Life Is No Cool, has a hypnotic glittery glide that's only a few tweaks shy of a sleazy Studio 54 vibe—but he's actually putting out two solo albums this year, and the second drops next month. Smalhans (Smalltown Supersound) follows Six Cups of Rebel, an unfocused but sometimes fascinating album that's on a tangent to the rest of Lindstrom's output—it often sacrifices coherent grooves for the sake of experimentation (and distracting, bizarre vocal lines). Still, I admire his willingness to take such detours—plus Six Cups spawned a great remix of "Deja Vu" by Emeralds' Mark McGuire. For Smalhans Lindstrom returns to the dance floor with glowing, dusty-cool beats and the intelligent deployment of spacey, ascending-and-descending synth sounds. Album opener "Ra-ako-st"—every song is allegedly named after a traditional Norwegian meal—is an ethereal track with a jogging pulse, and it juxtaposes high-toned disco synths with gurgling bass that chills the mix to the bone. Tonight's set is only one of three Lindstrom is playing in the States on this trip. —Kevin Warwick Volta Bureau and Only Children open.


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