DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist

With Kid Koala. Thursday, January 31, at House of Blues.

DJ Shadow DJ Cut Chemist
DJ Shadow puts on his game face before his House of Blues show.
DJ Shadow puts on his game face before his House of Blues show.

DJ Shadow fans who were disappointed by last year's The Outsider take note: Shadow & Cut Chemist's "The Hard Sell" tour is entirely Outsider-free. But it's also Endtroducing-free. The show employs eight turntables, two guitar-loop pedals, and four hands, as the duo spins like it's 1983. Shadow and Chem play freewheeling DJs as they line up, mash up, and cut up tunes by a bunch of artists you're not likely to hear in da club on a typical Friday night. Like Shadow's 1996 groundbreaking debut, Endtroducing . . . , "The Hard Sell" finds its beats and grooves in the unlikeliest of places: old-time country music, street-corner doo-wop, and synth-huggin' new wave. Of course, there'll be some hip-hop scattered throughout the set, serving as a bridge to the various pieces. But it's the fearless spinning by the two California boys — who pretty much transform onstage into a blur of frantic flesh — that provides the real show.

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