Three Must-See Acts This Week

The Glitch Mob, Virtual Self, and All Day I Dream with Lee Burridge

Electronic

The Glitch Mob

(with Bassnectar) 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. $59.50; billgrahamcivic.com

Champions of the now-mythologized L.A. beat scene, The Glitch Mob have become full-fledged electronic superstars since forming in 2006, captivating listeners with their idiosyncratic brand of bass-infected electro. The trio, comprised of producers edIT, Boreta, and Ooah, were instant favorites among the underground bass music scene almost immediately after their formation, stunning audiences by performing live with custom MIDI-controllers. The group would release their debut album Drink the Sea in 2010, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard Electronic Albums charts, and put The Glitch Mob on an international level. Now setting their sights on producing music on a large scale, the trio released their 2014 sophomore album Love Death Immortality in 2014 to ecstatic praise, tweaking their sound for a grander and more aggressive style that would complement the group’s ambitious plans for their following tour. Decked out with a customized stage setup — complete with synchronized lights and giant touchscreen MIDI-controllers — aptly nicknamed “The Blade” due to its stark, cyberpunk-inspired appearance, the trio set out on a tour in support of Love Death Immortality, setting a new standard in the world of live electronic music. The Glitch Mob have since updated their stage setup — now dubbed “The Blade 2.0” — for the current tour in support of the beautifully crafted recent album See Without Eyes, showing signs of artistic growth both in the studio and on stage.

 

Porter Robinson

Neotrance

Virtual Self

8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Regency Ballroom. $52.50; theregencyballroom.com

At times, it’s easy to forget that Porter Robinson is only 26 years old, as the phenom producer has seamlessly shifted through so many genres over the span of his career, from shocking the industry with his own style dubbed “complextro” in his teens, then later entrancing listeners with his euphoric opus in his debut studio album, Worlds. Last fall, Robinson released a single “Eon Break” under a new moniker, Virtual Self, and the single’s fast-paced, happy hardcore-inspired energy signaled another sonic evolution was imminent for the producer. Inspired by anime and video games from his youth, namely Dance Dance Revolution, Robinson released Virtual Self’s self-titled debut EP in November, which is a kinetic, trance-infused 20 minutes of pure, nostalgia-filled rave ecstasy. Properly fulfilling the stadium-rave aura the EP radiates, Virtual Self’s stunning live show debuted last December, and is heavy on dramatic lighting and dreamy visuals. As Virtual Self, Robinson is unafraid to embrace the cheesy happiness that defined late-’90s and early-aughts rave music, and the result is a sincere love-letter to dance music that still dares to challenge listeners out of their comfort zone. 

 

All Day I Dream (with Lee Burridge). Photo by Wesley Campbell

Melodic house

All Day I Dream (with Lee Burridge)

1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. $40; alldayidream.com

In 2011, esteemed producer and DJ Lee Burridge started a label and a series of rooftop parties that explore the melodic and melancholic textures of house and techno, naming the project All Day I Dream. The monthly party series eventually outgrew its initial Brooklyn location, and Burridge has since taken it to an international level, touring around the world and giving each city its own flavor of All Day I Dream. After three successful renditions in Golden Gate Park, Burridge looks to bring the reverie across the Bay for a sun-drenched, day-into-night party filled with dancing, live art, yoga, sound healing, and much more. In addition to Burridge, DJ sets from fellow melodically minded producers Yookoo and Hoj round out the bill for what looks to be another excellent edition of the party series. Unlike other events similar in nature, Burridge’s focus is on providing an intimate experience for guests. Speaking to SF Weekly regarding All Day I Dream, he says, “There’s a conscious effort to make sure we do retain a more intimate feeling at the event even when we’ve grown the numbers in the way we have. I want the party to feel personal, as it is personal.”

 

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