Three Shows to See this Week: Breakbot, Walk Off the Earth, Between the Buried & Me

Breakbot. Photo by Marco Dos Santo

French House


9 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at Audio SF. $30;

There are an endless things we can thank France for sharing with the world. They have given us cinema, pasteurization, and Descartes — all great— but none is as important as the invention of French house, the disco-tinged and phaser-drowned offshoot popularized throughout the globe thanks to Daft Punk and Ed Banger Records. Created in 2003 by Busy P, Daft Punk’s former manager, Ed Banger has been the label behind many successful artists, including Justice, Mr. Oizo, and Breakbot. Birth-name Thibaut Jean-Marie Michel Berland, Breakbot did not take a career in music seriously until well after graduating from university with a degree in computer graphics. Although he experienced brief success in the animation industry, his true passion lay with music, leading him to start taking production more seriously. It was summer 2010 when Breakbot gained attention with his groovy hit “Baby I’m Yours,” leading listeners to fall in love with his slightly retro but refreshingly fun sound. Since then, he’s been a consistently welcome presence at clubs and festivals around the world, gaining a reputation for playing kinetic live shows. Breakbot’s newest album, Still Waters, is a continuation of his spin on French house, filled with funky bass lines and groovy hooks that can add some brightness on your grayest, most poststructuralism-filled days.

Walk Off the Earth

Indie Rock

Walk Off the Earth

7 p.m., Thursday, March 8, at the Masonic. $35;

The term “YouTube celebrity” can mean a lot of things. From well-dressed teenagers reviewing fast food as it if were fine dining to obnoxious video-game streamers, there seems to be no set definition on who or what a “YouTube-famous” entity can be. Canadian musicians Walk Off the Earth deserve a better label, as their unique pop covers are some of the most impressive displays of musicianship to be found on all of YouTube. Although the band has been together since 2006, it wasn’t until 2012, when the group released a cover video of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” that Walk Off the Earth became a worldwide viral sensation. The video, which currently sits at 180 million views, is a one-take performance of the five members huddled around one jumbo guitar, with all 10 of their hands either plucking strings or drumming the guitar’s body, and all five voices chiming in at various moments of the song. The sheer impressiveness of the group’s musical prowess should be enough, but what sets Walk Off the Earth from other viral music sensations is their ability to transform what would be otherwise bland pop music into highly-listenable songs that take on an identity of their own


Between the Buried & Me

Progressive Metal

Between the Buried & Me

7 p.m., Saturday, March 10, at Regency Ballroom. $25;

A metal band with the ferocity of Cannibal Corpse, but also possessing the technical intricacy of Pink Floyd, Between the Buried & Me have become household names for those in the hardcore and metal scene since the group formed in 2000. The Raleigh group’s first two albums, their self-titled debut and The Silent Circus, quickly turned Between the Buried & Me into one of hardcore’s most interesting artists at a time where creative diversity within the scene was low. However, the band’s next two releases, Alaska and Colors, elevated the group from cult heroes to legitimate metal superstars. Described by the band as “adult-contemporary progressive death metal,” 2007’s Colors remains Between the Buried & Me’s masterpiece, as it is a culmination of the raw and aggressive sound they had perfected, constructed within complex and meticulously crafted compositions that show off the group’s progressive tendencies that they would explore in future releases. Between the Buried & Me’s newest, Automata I, is the first of a two-part concept album that frontman Tommy Rogers claims will examine the Black Mirror-esque concept of viewing another person’s dream. In spite of having moved further away from its hardcore roots and in a more progressive rock direction, Between the Buried & Me remains one of metal’s most captivating bands. 



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