Tortured Soul makes house music live music; the Soft Pink Truth serves up electro versions of punk and hardcore

House is not typically thought of as organic, live music, but New York's Tortured Soul puts a wrinkle in that notion. The five-year-old trio (John-Christian Urich, Ethan White, and Jason Kriveloff) released its debut full-length, Introducing Tortured Soul, in 2004, busting out on the international dance circuit. Containing no mechanized divas wailing platitudes about love and devotion or canned, tinny hi-hats, the album distinguished itself in the genre for its simple but wickedly effective grooves comprised of keys, drums, and bass. As good as its recorded material is, though, this is the sort of group that's really meant to be seen in person. Catch these funky white boys in action as Tortured Soul appears at club night “Down To It” on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at the Endup; call 646-0999 or go to for more info.

Drew Daniel is best known as one-half of local electronic heroes Matmos, an astonishingly diverse act that's both served as Björk's backing band and composed an entire album out of the sounds of surgery. Daniel's side project is the Soft Pink Truth , which began as a campy take on electro-disco for 2003's Do You Party? and has since evolved into a campy take on hardcore and punk, as evidenced by last year's Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth? Since then, Daniel has kept busy in the studio preparing the next Matmos release and crafting a slew of remixes; Franz Ferdinand and Fischerspooner are recent clients. On his Web site, Daniel gives a few good reasons to attend this upcoming concert: “This will be my last show for a long time as the Soft Pink Truth,” he writes, “so if you were planning to denounce me in public, this would be the best time to do it.” Noise rockers XBXRX and 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, and Ohio female electronic act 16 Bitch Pile Up will open when the Soft Pink Truth is proclaimed on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Bottom of the Hill; call 621-4455 or visit for more info.

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