Concert Review: Crystal Castles at House of Blues

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Throughout the first half of the raucous 90-minute set Crystal Castles delivered last night in front a half-full House of Blues, the group appeared to be having technical difficulties. Given that everything about the band’s electronic music involves the use of high tech electronic gear, technical problems can really throw a wrench into the operation. To be honest, though, the band’s noisy approach makes it difficult to tell when something is actually going wrong — the music is a sonic stew that sounds like the band’s mixed Cocteau Twins dream pop with Sleigh Bells-inspired punk and noise pop. In fact, there was so much distortion on singer Alice Glass’s vocals that her actual words were often hard to discern.

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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected]
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