Music Tonight: L.A.-based Electronic trio The Glitch Mob has capitalized on the strength and success of its Hip Hop/Dubstep/Electronica recordings — like last year’s acclaimed breakthrough LP, Drink the Sea — by touring fairly consistently. But, though the three are former DJs, a Glitch Mob show isn’t just a three-headed DJ set. That wouldn’t fly in a venue like Red Rocks in Colorado, but the Glitch Mob worked a packed house into a fervor there recently. The Mob is a live band, playing and controlling their instruments, be they electronic or otherwise.
The current tour behind the new EP, We Can Make the World Stop, features three Tron-like “work stations” (production and light design come from the duo behind the stage setups for big tours by Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails) which the members rotate through, stopping to play the needed instrument, be it electronic drums, a guitar or the trio’s trademark Lemur, small iPad-looking gizmos that allow the members mobility. (Click the arrow above to hear the track “Warrior Concerto” from the new EP or head here to download it.)
So if you ever wanted to see a dude rock an iPad-ish thing, or hear a live band play a real-time remix they did of another band’s song (like the Mob’s rewiring of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” to name but one possibility), The Glitch Mob is your best bet. The group brings its current tour (which has sold out many dates so far) with Phantogram and Com Truise to Oakley’s 20th Century Theater for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $22.
• It’s the first day of August and Snoop Dogg is in town to perform tonight at Bogart’s. There’s a bad pun using “Drop It Like It’s Hot” in there, but, honestly, we’re too hot to think straight right now, so make up your own, we’ll provide the tunes (below) and we’ll call it an “interactive media experience.” The show is at 9 p.m. and tickets are $47.36 (including fees).
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Momentous Happenings in Music History for Aug. 1
On Aug. 1, 1971, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar presented the double-header Concert for Bangladesh, an allstar benefit for refugees in the crumbled former East Pakistan, at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The concerts (one was at noon, the other at 7 p.m.) featured the hosts playing with big shots like Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan and set the noble trend of large-scale benefit concerts (from Live Aid to Live8), though the “jam session” set-up was given up for individual sets.
Born This Day: Aug. 1 babies include Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia (1942); Folk music pioneer Ramblin' Jack Elliott (1931); Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott, no relation (1959); rapper Coolio (1963); and legendary MC and lyricist Chuck Ridenhour, better know as the booming voice of Public Enemy, Chuck D (1960).