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Emancipator Ensemble/Odesza/Real Magic 

When: Fri., Jan. 24, 9 p.m. 2014
Price: $17 ADV, $20 DOS
Portland, Ore.-based electronic producer Emancipator - aka Doug Appling - wrapped up 2013 in a pretty cool way. He began touring with a four-piece band as Emancipator Ensemble. The Colorado shows were a huge hit, lending a very in-the-moment sense of musicianship to the otherwise full-on electronic shows. But take a stroll through Emancipator’s discography to get an idea of how he approaches the genre. Safe in the Steep Cliffs (2010) at times sounds like a collection of Andean hymns. It’s super-chill stuff, and the live-band component of tonight’s show should only serve to focus the music even more. ODESZA joins the bill, opening the show with frenetic tracks from their dynamic mixtapes. The duo self-released their newest EP late last year (My Friends Never Die), and it boasts a thick variety of sounds and moods — perfect for setting the stage as the show goes on. Check out “If There’s Time” for a more subdued and equally enticing version of the guys’ approach to music. (Sandy)

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