Though nu-rave had the lifespan of a mayfly (even in sub-genre terms), it spawned a few bands that have enjoyed a longer shelf life than the movement itself. Then again, for a flagship band the Klaxons had a curiously tenuous link to anything resembling "rave." Their music is danceable, yes, but it's less of a slave to the sounds of house or techno than that name would imply. The relationship with dance music proper is strained even further with their most recent release, Surfing the Void, and the Klaxons have started to give more than a passing nod to Madchester groups such as the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. But this isn't mere homage; their sound is acid-soaked and elaborate one moment, insistent and pounding the next, and more aggressive than a list of their influences would indicate. They're unafraid to throw curveballs, but an ace single like "Echoes" proves the band's crowd-pleasing aspects aren't strangled by experimentation and that they have a wealth of tools to drop jaws live. With Baby Monster. 18+.
Fri., Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2010
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