Mic Check: DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist at HOB

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DJ Shadow takes to the tables Thursday at the House of Blues.
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist’s “The Hard Sell” tour isn’t about the turntablists’ latest albums. So don’t go expecting to hear songs from Shadow’s 2006’s boring The Outsider, or his landmark Endtroducing ... from 1996, or whatever Chemist, who's better live anyway, has released recently. This show is all about the two pals spinning together on stage. Here are the stats for tomorrow night's stop at House of Blues: eight turntables, two guitar-loop pedals, four hands. Shadow may have reshuffled the DJ genre on Endtroducing . . . , which raided crates of old records to come up with a sound that wasn’t quite hip-hop, electronica, or ambient, but was a mix of all of them and then some. But “The Hard Sell” show is sure to keep the focus on party jams. Fans, after all, fans want to raise their hands like they just don’t care, not nod to sleepy beats for an hour and a half. -- Michael Gallucci DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, at House of Blues, 308 Euclid Avenue. Tickets are $29.50.
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