Mahjongg, Tomtomtomboy | Hideout | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Feb. 21, 9 p.m. 2009
Price: $10
In late 2007 drum ’n’ bass pioneer Grooverider was arrested in Dubai for possession of less than a tenth of an ounce of weed and subsequently sentenced to four years in prison, in keeping with Dubai’s rep as a scary, bizarre, and repressive place. (A tourist has received the same sentence, the minimum under UAE law, for less than one ten-thousandth of an ounce.) Drum ’n’ bass doesn’t have much of a presence in the States, so as you might expect the protests on these shores have been lacking—with the notable exception of Mahjongg’s recent single, “Free Grooverider” (K Records). It doesn’t exactly work as a message song—if you want your lyrics to make a specific statement, it’s best to avoid vocoders—but it gets high marks as a tribute to Grooverider’s music and as an inducement to the shaking of asses. Mahjongg have never been interested in genre work, and their take on drum ’n’ bass is less a faithful reproduction than an interpolation: they strip the style’s signature breaks down to the bone and toss them in with chattering synths and robotic vocals. Like most of the group’s stuff, it sounds like the music of a postapocalyptic tribe that’s scavenged a bunch of obsolete electronics and an old DJ crate still full of lovingly curated records. Tomtomtomboy opens. —Miles Raymer



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