Major Lazer

Considering the pedigree of Major Lazer's two masterminds, the globetrotting DJs Diplo and Switch, there was really no need to come up with some nonsensical gimmick with which to promote the project. Fortunately, they did just that, claiming "Major Lazer" was in fact a Jamaican commando who lost his arms in the CIA's underground Zombie Wars of the '80s, for which he has received replacement laser limbs from the U.S. military. While utterly silly and entirely unnecessary, the back story is perfect for this heavyweight collaboration, which is a freewheeling and off-the-wall exploration of Jamaican dancehall music in all of its scattershot and experimental glory. The genre can make music out of any sound imaginable and does so gleefully, and Diplo and Switch return in kind on Guns Don't Kill People, Lazers Do! with cameos that range from Mr. Lex to Santigold (on the same song, no less). The result, not surprisingly, is an irresistibly good time. With Rusko. 18+.
Sun., April 11, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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