Thanks to the awesome crew at Filter Magazine, I was able to kick off my Memorial Day weekend with a strong dose of Crystal Method. Once arriving at the House of Blues at 11:59 for a late night show, you could tell that this was THE place in Vegas to be. The headliners didn’t hit the stage until around 2am, so anybody with a bed time had no business being there! Once the duo finally hit the stage adorned with 2 circular displays cycling through wicked images and epilepsy hating visuals, the immense wall of electronic sound almost knocked everybody right on their keysters.
Most of the cuts were lyric sparse, but for fans of electronica, they couldn’t have asked for anything more. Most die hard Crystal Method fans I’ve spoke too aren’t too huge on the direction they’ve taken in tracks such as Drown in the Now with a Matisyahu cameo, and it seems like they have made note of this during their live performance. As the night went on, the energy never broke down, and with the set topping off around an hour and 30 minutes, the after party crowd might have been a little drained and time constrained. Those who did venture off to after party land, probably didn’t get to experience mixmasters anywhere near the caliber of Crystal Method, and the sun probably came up much sooner than expeted.
The boys who were playing to their hometown crowd definitely did not disappoint. The light show was furious as every ass on the floor was shimmying. Seeing this many white people with impeccable rhythm in one place was quite astonishing, and I look forward to getting another cardio workout with Crystal method real soon! If they are passing by your city during any of their last 14 dates, be sure to grab a ticket and a sweat band, because nobody can make you boogie like these guys.
While it’d be easy to just leave you with this review and some tour dates, I think that it’s only fair if I give you something to listen to.
Download: Double Down Under (LAZRtag Remix)
5/29 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
5/30 Seattle, WA - WaMu Theatre (USC Anniv. Party)
6/1 Vancouver, BC - Commodore
6/3 Calgary, AB - Whiskey Nightclub
6/6 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Club
6/7 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
6/8 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
6/9 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
6/10 Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
6/12 Aspen, CO - Belly Up
6/13 Denver, CO - TBA
6/14 Salt Lake City, UT - Murray Theater
6/16 Sacramento, CA - Empire Events Center
6/17 San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom