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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Tonight in Music: Tricky, Graf Orlock

Posted by Morgan Troper on Sun, Dec 19, 2010 at 11:36 AM

TRICKY

(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) UK triphop pioneer Tricky's latest, Mixed Race, is among the most propulsive work he's done, with darker street rhythms providing the backbone for his potpourri of electronic sound—in fact, some of these songs could even be club bangers, so get bangin' with Tricky at the club tonight. NED LANNAMANN

GRAF ORLOCK, OWEN HART, ELITIST, REIVERS, CURSEBREAKER

(Branx, 320 SE 2nd) Repeat and rearrange the blast beats and breakdowns all you want, but getting your grindcore band to stand out from the rest of the pack has got to be tough. So why not stop the blasts on a dime, cue a sample of Jeff Goldblum's line about the big pile of dinosaur shit, and then start the pummeling all over again? Los Angeles' Graf Orlock have been taking this model to the limits since '03, fusing hardcore punk, grind, and apocalyptic screaming and shredding with soundbites from action flicks like Jurassic Park and The Terminator. Of course, they're not the only practitioners of sample-infused heavy music—their approach is just the most fun. Breaking off blockbuster chunks of riffage, they turn the mirror on the meathead faces of hardcore music and Arnold Schwarzenegger, having a good laugh at both. ETHAN JAYNE

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