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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tonight in Music: Lady Gaga, Phreak

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 10:00 AM

(Rose Garden, 1 Center Ct) Spectacle, thy name is Gaga! Whether or not you're a fan of Lady Gaga's disco-drenched party pop anthems, her concerts are truly a thing of baroque magnificence. Insane dance numbers, copious costume changes, political grandstanding, and unbridled sex appeal, our Lady of Gaga puts on show that won't be forgotten easily. WM.™ STEVEN HUMPHREY Also, read our article on Lady Gaga.

(Ash Street Saloon, 225 SW Ash) As Phreak is one of Portland's most eclectic offerings of live electronic music, I was glad to hear that it will still endure, albeit on a new night and at a new venue (its new berth is Ash Street, taking over from its former home at Plan B). It is put on by the PAN!ZEN and Reactionary music collectives, both known for their encouragement of experimentalism in art and music of all forms. Spanning the myriad subgenres of electronica to present styles that include drum and bass, dubstep, glitch, and experimental ambient, Phreak aims to give a broad taste of a fascinating genre that too often falls victim to misconceptions and stereotypes. CHRISTINA BROUSSARD

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