BLVD :: 02.28.08 :: Slim’s :: San Francisco, CA
BLVD is drummer Dylan McIntosh, who layers in samples and melodic elements from his mounted laptop to provide a solid foundation for the rest of the musical soundscape. Tripp Bains is responsible for adding synth and deep bass grooves, while guitarist Curtis Sloane loops and rides the effects of his guitar lines to create moving vehicles for the band’s sound. The latest member of the band, MC Souleye has been touring with the band the better part of the last year. With Souleye dropping the hip-hop lyrical flows, their groove is infectious, something apparent in the movements and faces of dancing fans. At Slim’s, the group celebrated the release of Digital Disorder, which was recorded when the band briefly moved to Boulder, Colorado for three months.
Workin’ It Out
Once the movie had finished, the party really got started when SF’s Majitope threw his unique blend of “GardenHouse,” which grabs elements of funk, house, jazz and earthy tones to create a solid dance blend. The highlight of his set was the remix of Chromeo‘s “Tenderloin,” off their 2006 release Fancy Footwork. I was introduced to Majitope and DJ James Christopher, who also played a set at the end of the night, at this year’s Gem and Jam Festival in Tucson, AZ, and this evening proved to be an encore of those performances.
Following the Majitope set, BLVD emerged as the backing band for the film’s main character, Dave Lazer, who sang a few songs from the movie’s score. He was also joined on stage by two aerobic assistants and led the crowd through a fitness routine, which condensed a typical 30-minute cardio blaze into a mere seven minutes! We could all really feel it in our abs, and when Lazer left the stage, the band flowed into their two-hour set of non-stop dance music.
Music is the Medicine
BLVD featured many onew titles off Digital Disorder and also showcased the group’s new sound with Souleye’s energetic lyrics taking the band to the new heights. When he is on stage, the room becomes more engaged as he spits lines and vocal effects. Songs like “Another One” and “Music is the Medicine” stand out as highlights from the evening.
What was apparent to me in Tucson last month was affirmed and made crystal clear on this night: BLVD is a key player in the emerging livetronica scene, and they have the momentum and style to stand out from the pack of bands trying to find their place in this emergent genre.
02.21.2008 :: Slim’s :: San Francisco, CA:
Set I: Some Times*, Work It Out*, Again In The Light**
Set II: Deep State, Silikon, Global Communication, Times Up#, Another One#, Resident Frequency, Endless, In The Wind#, Music Is The Medicine#, Gotcha#, Brown Eyes Domino, LIT#, Alignment#, Silver City#
Encore: Sounds of BLVD#
* w/ Dave Lazer (Seven Minute Style)
** Featuring Josh McIntosh and Dave Lazer’s Workout girls
# w/ Souleye
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