Tycho is possibly the biggest electronic rock group of today — or at least big enough to warrant their larger font size on this year’s Coachella poster. Initially an IDM solo project for San Francisco-based Scott Hansen that garnered comparisons to acts like Boards of Canada, Tycho entered a new era in 2014 with Awake. It was the first Tycho LP to be recorded by a core three-piece band, with Hansen (still at the helm) joined by Rory O’Connor and Zac Brown. (No, not the country dude.) The biggest revelation here was the guitar playing, surprisingly reminiscent of the silvery, atmospheric picking of The Edge. Tycho’s second band-made album, Epoch, surprise-released in late 2016, is an eclectic, warm, sometimes melancholy LP. It’s a joy to get lost in with the aid of some nice headphones, but its expansive nature should also be well-suited to the new Palace Theatre. Beacon opens.
PROMOTIONAL EVENT DESCRIPTION Tycho with Beacon
Presented by: Palance Theatre, Go 96.3 and City Pages
Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 7:30pm | $29.50 | 18+
Tycho: An epoch is defined as an extended period of time typically characterized by a distinctive development or by a memorable series of events, and Scott Hansen, leader of the band Tycho, has named their new album Epoch (Ghostly International, 2016) with that in mind. The last installment in a trilogy, Epoch is the culmination of more than a decade’s work that has seen the band evolving and maturing through two sublime releases Dive (2011) and Awake (2014), and developing from featuring Hansen as a delicate solo performer into the iconic frontman of a powerful multi-layered live band performing on the world’s largest stages.
Beacon: Brooklyn duo Beacon explore the dark side of sweet melody with a sound that's as seductive as it is subtly discomfiting. The duo Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett met at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where they were studying sculpture and painting respectively. They fuse the deceptively sweet melodies of R&B with an intoxicating undercurrent of darkness, drawing on influence as disparate as Warps back catalogue and Underworld.
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