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Big Data/On an On/Chappo 

When: Fri., April 3, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $15
2.0, the new album from producer extraordinaire Big Data (Alan Wilkis), features guest appearances from Twin Shadow, Rivers Cuomo, White Sea, Kimbra, Jamie Lidell, and many more. The “paranoid electronic” artist saw major success in 2014 with his hit single “Dangerous (feat. Joywave),” which claimed the No. 1 spot on the Alternative chart at Billboard. The song features a beefy guitar riff, handclaps and falsetto vocals. It sounds like the Bee Gees on steroids. It was one of the longest charting songs of 2014 and is just impacting at Top 40. And the video, which features two buxom female runners in an off-the-wall sneakers’ ad, is pretty cool too. “Originally, I had an idea to do a video that was a commercial for a running sneaker,” says Wilkis. “It became evident that the sneaker made you do something evil. That was all I had. I met the two directors and the three of us turned it into more of a story. What is the evil thing that the show makes you do? Who is the company behind it? Who are the people at the advertising agency? It’s taking a crack at advertising and consumerism and how we’re being sold stuff that the companies know is bad for us but they still sell it to us. They use sex and violence and bright colors and smiles. It’s poison. I wanted to do that while using sex and violence to sell my own music. There’s some irony in there.” For the live show, Wilkis says he tries to keep things as organic as possible. “Basically, having played guitar and being in bands in my background, I knew I wanted the show to feel like a band,” he says. “I didn’t want it to be a cheesy DJ thing. I like real musicians and I like when there’s showmanship. Step one was to put a rhythm section together. As we’ve been touring more and more, the band has grown. We have a bassist, a drummer and a guitarist. I sing the male vocal parts and I have a singer who does the female parts. We sing together and do a lot of the harmonies together too.” (Niesel)

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