Occupying a compelling no man's land on the IDM scene, the elegant instrumental works of Tycho (a.k.a. San Francisco's Scott Hansen) are too gently paced to qualify as dance-floor fodder, yet so brightly melodic it would be misleading to classify them as ambient background music. Tycho's latest full-length, Dive, continues Hansen's penchant for deftly blending subtly kinetic synth-driven wordless pop ("Coastal Brake") with more melancholy and down-tempo sonic explorations (the woozy and aptly titled "Adrift"). Which side of Hansen's musical personality he chooses to emphasize at the Varsity Theater should determine whether the crowd opts for slow, head-bobbing contemplation or more boisterous booty-shaking. With Onuinu. 18+.
Thu., July 5, 7 p.m., 2012